November 24, 2014

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Stow veteran talks World War II at Medina library speaker event

MEDINA — More than 50 people gathered Monday at the Medina Library to hear Ken Woodring talk about his time overseas in both the European and Pacific theaters.

Woodring, 88, of Stow, was the featured speaker at the library’s fourth World War II Roundtable.

At 19, he was deployed in the Ruhr Valley in Germany after the Battle of the Bulge. After the war was won, he was stationed in the Philippines until he moved back to Akron in 1946.

Ken Woodring, 88, describes his services in both the European and Pacific theaters during the World War II Roundtable Monday at the Medina Library. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Ken Woodring, 88, describes his services in both the European and Pacific theaters during the World War II Roundtable Monday at the Medina Library. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

During his time in Europe, serving in Gen. George S. Patton’s Army, his main duty was as a runner.

Woodring said that the job was hard because he had to run through open fields and roadways, exposing himself to enemy fire frequently.

He told stories of where his platoon stayed, what they ate and the fighting they endured.

Most of the time, his platoon would kick Germans out of their homes in order to avoid the cold.

His company was one of the first to be pulled out of Europe because they were originally supposed to be deployed to the Pacific.

After the war, Woodring attended the University of Akron, but eventually became a truck driver. He spent his life working in the transportation industry.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.