Memoirs of a Pearl Harbor Survivor
Sep 18, 2020
Ken Schubring
Memoirs of a Pearl Harbor Survivor

Kenneth Karl Schubring, Sr. (Ken) was born in Manistique, a small town in the upper peninsula of Michigan, in June of 1922.  Just after finishing high school, Ken enlisted in the US Army Air Force. He served our military from 1941, before the actual beginning of World War II, through the end of the War in 1945. Ken personally experienced the devastation at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, at the young age of 19.

During his service to our country, Ken was awarded: the Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters;  Distinguished Unit Citation with oak leaf cluster; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four battle stars; American Defense Medal; Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.  In 1945 he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and later to Captain, a rank he holds in the Retired Reserve, U.S. Air Force.

Upon his return, Schubring earned his MBA at the University of Michigan, going on to work for decades in Personnel Management and Labor Relations for companies such as Carnation, Armstrong Cork, Ford Motor Company, Westclox Division of General Time, and Cummins Engine.

During those years, he was married to Ruth Hardeman from Macon, GA. They had three children Betsy, Ken, Jr. and Bill. A Rotarian for 18 years in the Athens Rotary Club in Athens, GA, Ken was serving as President-Elect before he and Ruth moved to Dunwoody, GA in 1980.  When Ruth passed in 2017, Ken moved to Gainesville, GA, where he lives independently today.