KESLING, John, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
CB-0000-Construction Battalion (WW-II)
Last Rating/NEC Group
Construction Battalion
Primary Unit
1943-1945, CB-0000, NCBC Port Hueneme, CA
Service Years
1943 - 1945
CB-Seabee (WW II)
Seaman 1st Class

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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Toledo, Ohio
Last Address
Born, raised and resided in Toledo, Ohio.

Date of Passing
May 28, 2016
Location of Interment
Toledo Memorial Park - Sylvania, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge

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Last Known Activity
John "Jack" Kesling, WWII Seabee

Born in Toledo on July 17, 1927, to Orval and Fern Kesling, John Kesling went on to attend and graduate from Woodward High School, though his education was paused for a stint with the Navy during World War II.  Like so many young men in the 1940s, he lied about his age and enlisted during World War II. John Kesling served two years with the Navy Seabees, stationed at Port Hueneme, as a teenager. When the war ended in 1945, he returned to Toledo to finish his schooling in 1947.
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In 1948 and 1949, Jack Kesling played semi-professional football for the North Toledo Merchants (in high school he was a four-year letterman and team quarterback). He and his brother also tried out for the Chicago White Sox at a camp in Lima, however neither made the team.

Jack's many careers included being operations manager and stage manager at the Masonic Auditorium. He was T.V. director and host of the " MR. T" show on WTOL-TV from 1964-1971 and on the Bowling for Dollars show on WDHO (WNWO) from 1974-1975. He also was a T.V. producer and director for the National Cablecasting Company in Detroit from 1971-1972. He eventually left television and retired in 1992 from the United States Postal Service.

He played vibes at many private parties and every year at the Cafe Concert Series at Toledo Botanical Gardens. Jack was a Free and Accepted Mason, a member of Lodge #746 Harbor Light, 32° Mason Valley of Toledo, and the Zenobia Shrine where he was president of the Arab Patrol Marching Unit in 2001.  
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 Duty Stations
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CANCBC Port Hueneme, CA
  1943-1943, SR-0000, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
  1943-1945, CB-0000, NCBC Port Hueneme, CA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/American Theater
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  John 'Jack' Kesling (1927-2016): Navy vet, musician and TV personality
  Aug 11, 2016, General Photos1
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