Joy Neal Kidney

Honored by:Doris Neal and Gloria Neal
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Joy Neal Kidney is the keeper of family letters, pictures, combat records, telegrams, research, and casualty reports. Active on history and military Facebook pages, she is the Admin of several local ones–Audubon County, Dallas County, and Guthrie County–where her motherline stories originated.

She was born two days before D-Day to an Iowa farmer who became a pilot, then an instructor–with orders for combat when the war ended–and an Iowa waitress who lost three of her five brothers during that war. Joy spent her childhood on a farm along Old Creamery Road south of Dexter, Iowa.

A former Cub Scout den mom and graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, she has published two genealogies, plus several essays in local newspapers and magazines.

Her website is

Honored on 7/5/96; narrative submitted on 01/09/2019