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  • Hero

    Posted on 10/27/17 - by Jane Goetter
    Remember john j. Kedenburg as a kind, extraordinary brave hero
  • Medal of Honor

    Posted on 6/14/17 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    John James Kedenburg
    Date of birth: July 31, 1946
    Date of death: MIA: June 13, 1968
    Burial location: Farmingdale, New York
    Place of Birth: New York, Brooklyn
    Home of record: Brooklyn New York
    Status: MIA


    Medal of Honor

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Specialist Fifth Class John James Kedenburg, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Command & Control Detachment North, FOB 2, FOB 2, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Republic of Vietnam, on 13 June 1968, while serving as advisor to a long-range reconnaissance team of South Vietnamese irregular troops. The team's mission was to conduct counter-guerrilla operations deep within enemy-held territory. Prior to reaching the day's objective, the team was attacked and encircled by a battalion-size North Vietnamese Army force. Specialist Fifth Class Kedenburg assumed immediate command of the team which succeeded, after a fierce fight, in breaking out of the encirclement. As the team moved through thick jungle to a position from which it could be extracted by helicopter, Specialist Fifth Class Kedenburg conducted a gallant rear guard fight against the pursuing enemy and called for tactical air support and rescue helicopters. His withering fire against the enemy permitted the team to reach a pre-selected landing zone with the loss of only one man, who was unaccounted for. Once in the landing zone, Specialist Fifth Class Kedenburg deployed the team into a perimeter defense against the numerically superior enemy force. When tactical air support arrived, he skillfully directed air strikes against the enemy, suppressing their fire so that helicopters could hover over the area and drop slings to be used in the extraction of the team. After half of the team was extracted by helicopter, Specialist Fifth Class Kedenburg and the remaining three members of the team harnessed themselves to the sling on a second hovering helicopter. Just as the helicopter was to lift them out of the area, the South Vietnamese team member who had been unaccounted for after the initial encounter with the enemy appeared in the landing zone. Specialist Fifth Class Kedenburg unhesitatingly gave up his place in the sling to the man and directed the helicopter pilot to leave the area. He then continued to engage the enemy who were swarming into the landing zone, killing six enemy soldiers before he was overpowered. Specialist Fifth Class Kedenburg's inspiring leadership, consummate courage and willing self-sacrifice permitted his small team to inflict heavy casualties on the enemy and escape almost certain annihilation. His actions reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.

    General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 17 (April 23, 1970)

    Action Date: June 13, 1968

    Service: Army

    Rank: Specialist Fifth Class

    Company: Command & Control Detachment North, FOB 2

    Battalion: FOB 2

    Regiment: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

    Division: 1st Special Forces
  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 2/27/16 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN
    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 John.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/14/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP5 John James Kedenburg, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter

    Posted on 5/31/14
    Met in SAG and all these years later I still have fond memories of you. You paid the ultimate but never gone in the hearts of many. I look forward to being in your company again till then keep the other members laughing and y'all take your well deserved rest for a job well done.

    From an Older Tired Marine,

    Chuck Louviere
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