O’Donnell, Kenneth P.
- David R. Wrone
O’Donnell, Kenneth P. (04 March 1924–09 September 1977), politician, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Cleo O’Donnell, a Holy Cross College football coach, and Alice M. Guerin. Christened Philip Kenneth, years later he changed his name to P. Kenneth and then to Kenneth P. Following high school graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. Commissioned a lieutenant, he had completed thirty bombing missions over Germany during World War II when he was shot down over Belgium and taken prisoner. Although severely wounded, he nevertheless soon escaped to England, where he required extensive hospitalization. A genuine war hero, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four clusters....