Towery: From prisoner of war to advising the president

The following is the second part of a two-part story. The first installment appeared on Page 4 of the Thursday, Nov. 23 edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.

Charley Robinson

Staff writer

Kenneth Towery had been through hell – a three and a half-year tour of a Japanese prisoner of war camp – prior to arriving in Uvalde to become the first student to enroll in the new Southwest Texas Junior College in the year 1946.

Towery grew up on a farm near Cuero. He did not complete high school. On his 18th birthday he enlisted in the United States Army.

“I wanted to see the world and signed up asking for service as far away from home as the Army could send me,” he stated the day they awarded him the Purple Heart medal.


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