Brilliant coal miner served during WWII

Winfield – Leonard Key, who will turn 94 on March 10, served two years in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Key was stationed in the South West Pacific theatre during World War II, being posted in countries such as the Philippines, New Guinea and Guadalcanal.
Key is the son of Chester and Texaner (Norris) Key, who raised their family on an 80-acre farm north of Brilliant, where they maintained peach and apple orchards. He was one of five children and he had two brothers—Lynu and Loyd—and two sisters—Modene Alexander and Dorothy Tucker (all deceased).
“We had no electricity,” Key said. “My dad had a kerosene refrigerator. We couldn’t keep it working.”



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