A friend of a friend-Admiral Kimmel-Manning Kimmel IV-December 7


One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for December 7, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

Today is the 74th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the beginning of the United States involvement in World War II.

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While I lived in Rock Hill, SC I became good friends with a man who had strong feelings about Pearl Harbor. His name was Manning Kimmel IV and his grandfather was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attacks.

Manning and his business partner Allan Miller own two radio stations in Rock Hill, SC-WRHI 1340 AM and WRHI 94.3 FM

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Manning after owning and operating a successful Radio station in Cumberland, Maryland, let his Southern heritage (his grandfather was born in Kentucky) take him to Rock Hill in 1984 where he and Allan created Our Three Sons Broadcasting. Manning is a firm advocate of a refreshing rarity in American broadcasting—locally owned radio.

I got to know him because his stations broadcast Winthrop University Basketball games during my time there as head basketball coach (1992-1998).

Photo of Winthrop Coliseum

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Manning and his wife Shiela are both avid Winthrop University Eagle fans so I could count on them back in the 1990’s to “cheer-on” the basketball team and occasionally rag on the officials. Manning and his family along with the Ruffalo’s, the Grimm’s, the Angel’s, and Bigham’s probably don’t know how much they meant to our family the six years we called York County, SC home. They were always gracious and considerate to us.

Manning is graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. which happened to be the alma mater of one of my former Winthrop assistant coaches Mark Peeler who today is Athletic Director and Basketball Coach at Erskine.

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Manning is also a licensed pilot with a love of technology and all things electronic in nature.

Manning has fought and lobbied for a cause he believes in strongly and that is the reputation of his grandfather.

The Friend-MANNING KIMMEL IV

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The Friend of the Friend-ADMIRAL HUSBAND KIMMELL

Admiral Kimmel

A Pearl Harbor Story

Husband Edward Kimmel  was born on February 26, 1882  and died at the age of 86 on May 14, 1968, he was nicknamed “Mustapha”, was a four-star admiral in the United States Navy and Commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was removed from that command after the December 1941 attack and reduced to the two-star rank of rear admiral. He retired from the Navy in early 1942 with that rank.

Admiral Kimmel’s dad was named Major Manning Marius Kimmel and fought in the Civil War. Admiral Kimmel had three sons the youngest who was Manning M Kimmel III who happens to be the dad of my friend Manning Kimmel IV

In 1994 Manning III’s two sons, my friend South Carolina broadcaster Manning Kimmel IV (b. 1948) and his brother Thomas appeared before a Senate subcommittee, attempting to have Admiral Kimmel’s four-star rank restored and be exonerated for accusations of mismanagement of the naval response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

As of 2009 their efforts to restore Admiral Kimmel’s rank have been unsuccessful.

A couple of good articles if you want to read

http://articles.philly.com/1995-04-29/news/25685041_1_husband-e-kimmel-japanese-raid-pearl-harbor

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/06/grandson-works-to-clear-officers-name-pearl-harbor-attack/2623579/

 

 

 

 

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3 comments

  1. larrymull · · Reply

    Nicely stated, coach. I’ll add that the most recent effort by the Kimmels can be found here: http://www.kimmelpetition.org

  2. Dixie Gettings · · Reply

    Some of us here in Henderson, KY (Admiral Kimmel’s hometown) are interested in starting a nationwide petition to have his rank restored. The time is right since we dedicated a monument to him last week down by the riverfront and there was a big article in the local paper. Can someone in your organization or Mr. Manning Kimmel be interested in doing this? I think it may go over well. The state legislature also has some vocal representation. I certainly hope we can get something going. Nothing can undo the undeserved pain suffered by the Admiral and his family , but I feel that it would be a step forward to full vindication.

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