May 172021

Jim Kendrick, long-time Myrtle Beach resident and member of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach is celebrating his 102nd birthday! May 17-23 has been declared James. B. Kendrick Week. Myrtle Beach City Council recognized Lt. Col. Kendrick, USAF retired, with the following proclamation during a recent City Council meeting. Lt. Col. Kendrick was in attendance as his proclamation was read.


WHEREAS, Lieutenant Colonel James B. “Jim” Kendrick, US Air Force, retired, is celebrating a significant milestone – his 102nd birthday – on May 17, 2021; and 

WHEREAS, Born in 1919 in Gastonia, NC, Jim Kendrick graduated from The Citadel in 1940 and entered the US Army that year as a Second Lieutenant, after which he completed flight school and served in the Army Air Corps, flying bombers during World War II and later serving in what became the US Air Force; and

WHEREAS, During his years of service as a military pilot, he was awarded the Air Medal, Pacific Campaign Media and American Campaign Medal, ultimately retiring from the US Air Force in 1968 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; and 

WHEREAS, Jim Kendrick moved to Myrtle Beach upon retirement and was active locally in business and other endeavors, including the Order of Daedalians and Rotary International; and 

WHEREAS, A long-time member of First United Methodist Church, Kendrick is admired by all who know him for his kindness, generosity, faithfulness and intelligence;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it proclaimed that the City of Myrtle Beach hereby designates the week of May 17-23, 2021, as James B. Kendrick Week in honor and recognition of his milestone 102nd birthday on May 17 and the celebrations which will follow, and extends best wishes and birthday greetings to our long-time friend and neighbor on this momentous occasion. 

Signed and sealed this 11th day of May 2021.

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach wishes Col. Kendrick a very ‘Happy Birthday.’ “We are proud of your service to our country, our community, and our club,” said Rotary President Terrance Herriott.

Credit: Proclamation and Photo, City of Myrtle Beach

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