Ken Hart

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Ken Hart (7 May 1917, Long Beach, N.Y. – 12 February 2006, Frankfort, Ky.) was an American World War II pilot, publisher, composer, actor, editor, lobbyist, writer, disc jockey and campaign manager.

Lt. Hart served as a pilot and with the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division during World War II. After the war, he held the positions of Vice President and General Manager of radio station WLAP in Lexington, Kentucky. He had one son by Rita Lannon, the met and married Jane Hart, and had another son and a daughter.

Ken and Jane Hart were both in the public eye and public service of Kentucky for decades. Publisher of the Kentucky Coal Journal, Ken Hart also worked for the State Journal for many years. He was involved in the theater life of Frankfort, Kentucky as a playwright and actor.

In 1942, Lieutenant Ken Hart and Corporal Bert Gold, both natives of Long Beach, New York. serving in the United States Army, co-wrote Dogface Soldier, a song that became widely popular during and after World War II, and used as a soundtrack in the 1955 film To Hell and Back starring Audie Murphy.

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