Corporal Charles P. Kemeny – Park #59

July 2017 – The ceremonial shovels have turned over the first patch of dirt on the new Kemeny Rec Center.   Look for new photos later in the fall. 


As a teen, Charles (Karoly) Kemeny enjoyed playing baseball on Detroit’s sandlots.  His relatives tell us his baseball skills were so exceptional the St. Louis Cardinals took interest in signing him to a contract.  Alas, he was too young to sign and his grandmother’s disapproval put this dream on the rear burner.  Charles worked odd jobs after graduating from Holy Reedmer High School intending to enroll at the Carnegie Institute of Technology for Engineering.  He heard the call to serve in WWII and in 1942 he enlisted with his parent’s consent. 

Charles Kemeny in uniform
Charles relaxing in uniform before shipping off to war. Photo: Courtesy of R.S. Bujaki and the Kemeny family.

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