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Local veteran fires first pitch

92-year old World War II veteran Jim Kimmerly, left, fires out the first pitch before the Saturday, June 6 Cincinnati Reds game as part of Military Appreciation Day. Kimmerly’s battery mate for the day and on the receiving end of his throw was his brother Ross, a W.W. II veteran himself.

After performing their first pitch duties on Saturday, brothers Ross and Jim Kimmerly enjoy the Reds-Padres game fromtheir seats at Great American Ball Park.

Adams County is sprinkled full of military veterans who have so many stories to tell but perhaps none as many as two brothers, Jim and Ross Kimmerly, who were honored by the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, June 6 as part of the team’s Military Appreciation Day, held in conjunction with the 71st anniversary of the D-Day Invasion.

It was a “Battery of Brothers” on Saturday afternoon as the pair from Adams County were given the honor of throwing out one of the the ceremonial first pitches before the Reds-Padres game, with Jim as the pitcher and Ross behind the plate. The two performed the task flawlessly before a sellout crowd at Great American Ball Park.

Jim Kimmerly, who lives in Manchester, is one of the best-known local veterans, staying quite active at 92 and known for his performances with the Fancy Free Cloggers. He served in the United States Navy from 1940-1946 and was a survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Ross Kimmerly resides in Withamsville and also served in the United States Navy, from 1943-1946 and was part of the June 6, 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy that is considered by most historians as the turning p0int event of World War II.

Ross was also recognized by the Reds on Saturday as the “Hometown Hero”, where he was seen on the park’s Jumbo Tron and given a standing ovation by the fans in attendance.

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