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KENNETH RUSSELL DAU


is honored on Panel 31E, Line 97 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 4/1/18 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Sp4 Kenneth Dau,
    Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Passover just began and today is Easter. Happy Easter. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • He was in my squad.

    Posted on 12/9/14 - by Joe Barrera, combat veteran, Vietnam War jjbarr46@gmail.com
    Kenneth Dau and I were squad members of the 2nd Squad, 2nd platoon,
    Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division in November 1967.
    On the day he died Kenneth had just carried two heavy rucksacks, his own
    and that of another soldier who had been sent on a fast recon patrol and
    therefore could not carry his own. Rucksacks carried by 4th Infantry Division soldiers in the mountains of Vietnam typically weighed around 70-75 pounds.
    The recon patrol located a North Vietnamese regiment headed our way in the thickly forested mountains of the Central Highlands. We ran about 3-4 kilometers, with Kenneth carrying two loads (because he was incredibly strong), to a hilltop where we immediately proceeded to set up a defensive perimeter. This entailed clearing the area of tall trees so that helicopters could land. Kenneth was hit by a large falling tree, blown down with C4 explosive by our own men. I was the last man he spoke to before he was hit by the tree.
    Sincerely--and with very deep feeling--Joe Barrera
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  • Photo remembrance of Kenneth Russell Dau

    Posted on 12/8/14 - by Bob Ahles, St. Cloud, Minnesota & Herb Reckinger Jr., Cottage Grove, Minnesota
    Photo and information was taken from the historic book “THE FACES BEHIND THE NAMES - The Vietnam War” with the permission of author Don Ward. Thank you Mr. Ward and Kenneth’s sister, Janice Olson.

    Kenneth, it is with great humility, pride and honor that Herb and I post this remembrance for you and upload your photo so that your memory and the sacrifice you made for your country will never be forgotten and to ensure your photo will be displayed on your birthday each and every year when the Education Center is completed. You are not forgotten and remain in the hearts of many after all these years. Thank you Kenneth for being who you were and for all you did. We live in freedom to this day thanks to heroes like you that answered the call to duty.

    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Kenneth.
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  • Photo remembrance of Kenneth Russell Dau

    Posted on 12/8/14 - by Bob Ahles, St. Cloud, Minnesota & Herb Reckinger Jr., Cottage Grove, Minnesota
    Photo and information was taken from the historic book “THE FACES BEHIND THE NAMES - The Vietnam War” with the permission of author Don Ward. Thank you Mr. Ward and Janice Olson, Kenneth’s sister.

    Kenneth, it is with great humility, pride and honor that Herb and I post this remembrance for you and upload your photo so that your memory and the sacrifice you made for your country will never be forgotten and to ensure your photo will be displayed on your birthday each and every year when the Education Center is completed. You are not forgotten and remain in the hearts of many after all these years. Thank you Kenneth for being who you were and for all you did. We live in freedom to this day thanks to heroes like you that answered the call to duty.

    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Kenneth.
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  • My Friend in Vietnam

    Posted on 2/19/14 - by Joe Barrera
    Kenneth Dau and I were soldiers in B Co, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, in 1967. We fought together in the Battle for Dak To in November, 1987.
    Dak To is located in the mountainous Central Highlands of South Vietnam.
    I think I was the last person with whom Kenneth spoke before he died.
    He was a very good man.
    If Kenneth's loved ones wish to contact me, I would like that very much.
    Sincerely,
    Joe Barrera
    PO Box 2663
    Colorado Springs, CO 80901
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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