He may be the most famous man in the Tri-State no one has ever heard of. He’s been blamed for the attack on Pearl Harbor, but his hometown of Henderson, Kentucky views him as a hero.
A statue of Admiral Husband Kimmel is close to completion.
The Henderson War Memorial Foundation is closing in on its $100,000 goal to cast a bronze statue. A cast mold has been made, and all it needs now is metal to be poured.
Henderson City Commission pledged $20,000 to the total and secured the site at its meeting Tuesday.
The statue will be placed along the Henderson riverfront, under the four flags near Audubon Mill Park.
Kimmel was in command of the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked during World War II. He was quickly demoted from his rank and blamed for the disaster.
Leaders in Henderson believe Kimmel was a scapegoat and they hope the statue will return his name to glory.
For more information, visit the Henderson War Memorial Foundation website.