WWII Veteran and Relative of Primrose Residents Honored

Primrose LogoIMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2015

KANSAS CITY, MO – The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.  Each day, a flag is flown over the USS Indianapolis National Memorial in honor of one fallen soldier.  On Wednesday, July 29th, the flag flew in honor of Eugene C. Batson.  Batson, born in Kansas City, KS in 1919, entered the service in January of 1943 before going to radar school in California and being assigned to the USS Indianapolis.  On July 30th, 1945, the battlecruiser was sunk by two torpedoes fired from a Japanese submarine.  Of the 1,196 men on board, it is estimated that 900 made it into the water and only 317 were rescued.

Eugene Batson was survived by his wife, Harriett, and his son, Bob, both of whom are residents at Primrose Retirement Community of Kansas City.  On Friday, July 31, 2015, the flag that was flown over the USS Indianapolis National Memorial in honor of Eugene C. Batson was presented to his wife and son during a special ceremony at Primrose.

The facts surrounding Eugene’s death remain unknown to the family to this day.  “We don’t know exactly what happened to him,” said wife Harriet Watson.  “I’ve cried a lot of tears over it,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Kansas City is located at 8559 North Line Creek Parkway, and consists of 72 independent living apartment homes, and 37 assisted-living apartment homes.

Primrose Retirement Communities, L.L.C., headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country and specializes in personalized services and resident-focused care.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

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