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Old Lyme - Warren T. Kenny, 61, of Moss Point Trail, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004 at Backus Hospital in Norwich.

Mr. Kenny was born on May 12, 1942 in New York City, the son of Thomas and Helen Kenny.

He served in the U.S. Navy as a torpedoman on the USS Piper, USS Hardhead, and the USS William H. Bates. He retired after 24 years of service as a Senior Chief Petty Officer.

He married Yvonne Stone on May 28, 1983 in Shepherd of the Sea Chapel in Groton.

After his retirement he was employed at the Vitro Corp in Middletown, R.I., and at the Mohegan Sun as a chef.

He was a member of the VFW in Old Lyme, the American Legion Post 128 in Niantic, and the Fleet Reserve Unit 237 in Niantic. Mr. Kenny served as a Chief Instructor in the Sub School in Groton. He also volunteered at a camp for inner city children in Lyme.

He is survived by his wife, his son Garen Kenny of Groton, his daughter Julie Kenny of Oak dale, a step-son Brett McKenna of Lyme, his sister Dolores Kenny of Niantic and his two grandchildren, Cassandra Kenny and Sean Madec of Oakdale.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 at 11 a.m. in Fulton- Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave., New London, CT 06320. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery in Niantic. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 from 7 until 9 p.m. in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, New London.

The Day, New London, CT


Warren was also known as WT or 'Water Tight'.  WT was an ex-diesel boat sailor who left the Navy and then came back in to discover nuclear subs.  He was a torpedoman (TM1/SS when I knew him) who, while he always put forward a "tough guy" demeaner, was stern but fair in his discipline.

Frank Allen

Former Shipmate
USS William H. Bates 1976-1981

Per the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Warren T. "WT" Kenny was born May 12, 1942 and died January 25, 2004.  The cause of death is not known to the editor at this time.  WT's last place of residence was Old Lyme, Connecticut.

 

  • I remember going to WT to get the torpedo room stuff signed off on my qual card. I really didn't have a clue about anything in the torpedo room accept the battery agitation fan and the battery hatch which opened to the battery well. Oh yea the battery well. 126 cells, battery acid, and you had to crawl around in a very tight space. My dungarees always had holes in them from the battery well. But back to WT and my qual card. He asked lots of questions that I tried to answer. I don't think I was doing all that good and finally he said he didn't know much about the nuclear reactor and why should I know much about the torpedo room. He signed me off and away I went.

    WT I remember most you sitting in front of the local fire control panel. You always had an audience around you shooting the bull. Whenever I had to go in the battery well, everyone stopped talking like I was interrupting something. I would go in the battery well, get the readings I needed and leave. As soon as I shut the battery hatch, everyone would gather around WT and they would start talking again. Sorry WT for the interruption!!

    So WT thanks for signing off my qual card even though I didn't know anything about the torpedo room. And more importantly thanks for not shutting the battery well hatch and locking me down there!!

  • Warren was a great old school LPO. He could pat your back and bounce your head off tube 1's locking ring all at the same time. I miss him and fear there are no more like him.

  • I'm pretty sure WT had some amazing tattoos. (It was a long time ago, around 77) but I remember two big screws (DBF!) on each of his cheeks. Kenny was tough and kind. Not a lot like him in this world, ever.

  • It's tough reading these after so many years.... WT signed my Qual Card on the Torpedo Room (after 3 attempts, I learned tons on those rounds)...

    I do remember when he qualified for COW (Chief of the Watch) and we had a "special" trim party just for him.... Capt. Houley told us to knock it off after 3.5 hours.... (he was tired and wanted to hit the bunk)

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