In his memoir, Never Too Young, Kenneth Bonte begins by describing both himself, and American youth in general during the early 1940’s. They had been strongly influenced by their parents’ experiences in both the First World War and the Depression. He enlisted in the summer of 1943, and enrolled in the Army Reserve because he was still only 17 years old. He tells of his subsequent training, assignment to Company C, 397th Infantry Regiment, combat experiences, being wounded and recovering to return and fight until the end of the war. There are many interesting photographs at the end of his story.
Mr. Bonte’s photograph appeared in The Washington Post as part of a story about election day in Chicago, November, 2008. He was shown voting in the 4th Ward of Chicago, where he has voted his entire life.