The Oliver Julian Kendall Story


The Oliver Julian Kendall Story. 27 min. [Naperville, Illinois, 1998]. Videorecording. Produced by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Judd Kendall Post 3873 and Naperville Community Television, Channel 17. Copyright held by NCTV17, permission granted to Naperville Public Library for use on this site.

Oliver Julian “Judd” Kendall, son of Francis A. Kendall, Mayor of Naperville, served as First Lieutenant in World War I as part of the American Expeditionary Force in 1st Engineers, 1st Division. He was taken prisoner by the Germans May 25, 1918 as American forces planned to capture Cantigny, France. He died, not revealing the map of attack plans, earning him the distinction of being Naperville’s “Nathan Hale.” Kendall Park and Oliver Julian Kendall Elementary School are named after him.