U.S. Navy veteran turns 95

Photo by Melanie Brubaker Mazur 

PRT 1/10/17 Bayfield

Annie Hurlbut, activities director for Evenings Porch Assistant Living, presents a photo to Darwin Kinney of him serving in Hawaii in 1945. The U.S. Navy veteran  turned 95 on Monday. Enlargephoto

Photo by Melanie Brubaker Mazur PRT 1/10/17 Bayfield Annie Hurlbut, activities director for Evenings Porch Assistant Living, presents a photo to Darwin Kinney of him serving in Hawaii in 1945. The U.S. Navy veteran turned 95 on Monday.

Darwin Kinney turned 95 on Monday and celebrated Tuesday with taco salad and chocolate birthday cake at Evenings Porch Assisted Living.

Evenings Porch staff presented him with a gift of an enlarged photo from 1945 of Kinney with a group of fellow Navy pilots in Hawaii.

"Oh for crying out loud!" Kinney said as he opened the gift. "I recognize that!"

The picture was taken with the pilots on an EF-80 fighter plane that shot down 19 Japanese planes.

"There was a great bunch of guys," he said.

Kinney joined the Navy in June of 1941 and was trained as an aviation metalsmith. Two years later, he entered flight training, graduating on Oct. 27, 1944.

He said he enjoyed the rest of his career in the Navy, working in and visiting China, Japan, and the Philippines. He retired as a lieutenant commander in 1966.

Kinney has lived at Evenings Porch for a year. His daughter lives nearby, and a son lives in South Carolina.

Kinney enjoys cooking and plans and makes a meal every Thursday for the staff and residents there.