Clarence Kennelly is a Vietnam Army Veteran who served in the 369 Transportation Unit of Harlem as a communications lineman, spending 11 months in Germany before arriving in Vietnam. After his two years of active-duty service, he returned home to NY and went to work for the NY State Department of Corrections before deciding 10 years later to enlist in the National Guard serving as a Truckmaster during both Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, spending six months in Saudi Arabia.
While in the Guard, Clarence studied and sat for his Court Officer’s test and retired after 20 years from the National Guard in 2002, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant. He worked for the New York Courts until his retirement in 2010. He thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie and his time in the military and serving as a Court Officer, and even considered a return to employment if he were to receive a new kidney!
Clarence was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2019 and has been on dialysis to sustain his life ever since. He and his wife Linda have been married for 53 years and have three daughters, five grandchildren, and one great-grandson. He loves to fish with his brother and bowl with his buddies in a league when he has the energy to do so.
Clarence has enlisted the help of a Veteran's organization called DOVE Transplant which is helping in his outreach to find his life-saving kidney donor. DOVE will assist all prospective donors throughout the process and make sure they do not incur any out-of-pocket expenses related to the evaluation or surgery.
A healthy person can live a normal life with one kidney and save this Veteran's life! Please click on the link below if you would like to learn more OR call 551-449-8319.