The following October 26, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2 column 1:
Wins Good Conduct Medal
Sgt. Kenneth (Kenney) Swope, of Crown Point, with the U.S. forces in the South Pacific the past 23 months, has been awarded the good conduct medal, and has also been authorized to wear a battle star for service in the Soloman islands. He is well known to the younger set here, having spent a great deal of time in Lowell before going into the service.
The following July 5, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 3:
Awarded Philippines Liberation Ribbon
With the 9th Army Corps, southern Luzon -- Twenty-two men from Chicago and vicinity have been awarded the Philippine Liberation ribbon and one battle star thereon by direction of the president of the commonwealth of the Philippines for their service in the liberation of Luzon, Philippines Islands.
Among these men serving with the 131st Engineer Combat Battallon is Kenneth F. Swope. All these men but two went overseas in Oct. 1942, and have served in military operations with the Engineers on New Caledonia, Munda, New Georgia and Bougainville and now in the Luzon campaign.
Sgt. Swope, 26, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elvin F. Swope, Crown Point. Prior to entering the service in April, 1941, he was employed by the American Bridge Co. in Gary. He is now serving as a construction foreman.
Although a resident of Crown Point, "Kenny" spent as much time here as he did in his home town, and is well known to the younger set here.