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KENNETH SOARES ANDRADE


is honored on Panel 41E, Line 47 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • An American Hero

    Posted on 2/27/19 - by Janice Current janlc75150@yahoo.com
    Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 9/11/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR PLATOON SERGEANT ANDRADE,
    THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN ARMY GRUNT. IT IS THE 9/11 WEEKEND WHEN WE HONOR THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES, IT IS A GOOD TIME TO HONOR YOU TOO. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/28/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PSGT Kenneth Soares Andrade, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

    Posted on 4/2/10 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM


    PLATOON SERGEANT



    KENNETH SOARES ANDRADE







    who had previously served with





    COMPANY C



    1st BATTALION



    27th INFANTRY REGIMENT



    " WOLFHOUNDS "



    25th INFANTRY DIVISION



    " TROPIC LIGHTNING "





    was later lost while serving with





    COMPANY A



    3rd BATTALION



    12th INFANTRY REGIMENT



    " DUCTI AMORE PATRIAE "



    1st BRIGADE



    4th INFANTRY DIVISION



    " IRON HORSE "





    and was posthumously awarded the





    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS



    PURPLE HEART



    ARMY GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL



    NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL



    VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL



    REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL





    and was entitled to wear the





    COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE











    THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL



    AND THEN, AT LAST WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL











    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN



    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE









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    CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE



    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS





    The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross ( Posthumously ) to Kenneth Soares Andrade, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 3d Battalion, 12th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. Platoon Sergeant Andrade distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 27 February 1968 as acting platoon leader during an attack on his unit's perimeter near Dak To. While providing defense for the battalion fire base, his unit was subjected to a savage ground assault by a large North Vietnamese Army force. Sergeant Andrade exposed himself to deadly automatic weapons, grenade and small arms fire and moved around his perimeter shouting commands, pointing out targets and giving words of encouragement to his men. As he rose to move one of the more seriously wounded men to the ambulance helicopter landing zone, an enemy grenade landed near him. Sergeant Andrade picked up the grenade and threw it back at several enemy soldiers who were firing from behind a large tree to his front. He then picked up the wounded man and carried him across the perimeter to the landing zone under a hail of bullets. As he returned to the fight, a grenade exploded nearby, mortally wounding him. His valiant and selfless leadership inspired his men to greater efforts and they defeated the determined enemy. Platoon Sergeant Andrade's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.







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    R E M E M B R A N C E








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  • A Son of Hawaii

    Posted on 1/15/10 - by A fellow vet

    From the "Honolulu Star Bulletin":



    On Feb. 27, 1968, near Dak To in South Vietnam, Sgt. Kenneth Andrade's platoon was under heavy attack by North Vietnamese soldiers. While helping move a wounded soldier to the ambulance helicopter landing zone, an enemy grenade landed near him. Andrade picked up the grenade and threw it at several enemy soldiers. He then picked up the wounded soldier and carried him to the helicopter under a hail of enemy gun fire. As he returned to the fight, he was killed by a North Vietnamese grenade.



    Sgt. Andrade was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.



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    He maka lehua no kona one hanau



    One who has the face of a warrior (loyal and honored) in his place of birth.



    (From the Hawaii Vietnam Veterans Memorial)



    Aloha Oe

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