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RICKIE JEROME JACOBS

  • Wall Name:RICKIE J JACOBS
  • Date of Birth:2/12/1948
  • Date of Casualty:6/14/1968
  • Home of Record:MANSFIELD
  • County of Record:RICHLAND COUNTY
  • State:OH
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:57W, 18
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI

STUART OTIS KIEFER

  • Wall Name:STUART O KIEFER
  • Date of Birth:2/14/1948
  • Date of Casualty:6/14/1968
  • Home of Record:AUSTIN
  • County of Record:WILLIAMSON COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row:57W, 19
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN

JOHN JAMES KEDENBURG


is honored on Panel 57W, Row 17 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/14/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    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
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  • SEMPER FI

    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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  • A Stranger Who is Honored to Know About Your Sacrifice

    Posted on 3/30/14 - by K. Dascoli
    My uncle died in Vietnam in 1968. I have been visiting Pinelawn cemetery since I was a child owing to my uncle being buried in Pinelawn...a few rows back from John. On special occasions, John's Medal of Honor plaque is erected near his "special stone" detailing his sacrifice. Our family reads it every single time. Our family did not know John or his family but we talk about his sacrifice and what kind of man he must have been to make such a sacrifice. Even my own children now know about John as I continue the tradition of visiting Pinelawn and paying our respects to my uncle and all of our family there now. We make it a point to always pay respects to John. Thank you for your sacrifice. We will never forget.
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  • My Best Friend,My Hero,My Big Brother

    Posted on 8/3/12 - by suzannekedenburg-malone malonesuzie947@yahoo.com

    Forty 4 yrs.have passed,and i still miss u like,the first couple of yrs.Itsthat u were such a great person in every life u touched,ur the best brother any little sister could of ever asked for!ur a hero in the Army and Im so Proud of you. What u did saving lifes like u did ur my Biggest Hero, I Know Ill ever know.Iknow u know u know i named my son John James.Happy Birthday this week,and Iknow ur at peace.A.M.L.F. Suziekedenburg-Malone

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  • Remembered

    Posted on 3/1/12
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
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  • Who Shall We Send

    Posted on 11/5/05 - by Dave Avery averyds@carrollsweb.com
    An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

    Isaiah 6:8

    Facta Non Verba
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  • Not forgotten

    Posted on 6/14/05 - by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67
    John, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you for protecting the freedoms we have today.
    A true hero.
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  • 1968 Danang Meeting

    Posted on 4/29/04 - by Jeff Calvagno juwopi424@cox.net
    I was stationed at Danang Air Base in 1968. I worked air freight on the flight line. One afternoon in April of 68 My crew were unloading a C-130 and I hear some guy yell out my name. It was John and I hadn't seen him since high school. We graduated Baldwin H.S. WE were really surprised to run into each other espesially over there. We promised to have some beers together when we got back home. I left Nam at the end of April. When I went home on leave a few months later I discovered that John was killed. I felt awfully sad. I was probably the last person he had a home link to before he died. I wish we had a chance to visit more. I was very proud to find out he recieved the Medal Of Honor.Ill always have that last image of him in my mind. Peace to your family.. and rest in peace my friend.
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  • Thank you

    Posted on 10/13/02 - by Josh Crum
    Thank you for the sacrifice you made. You will not be forgotten.
  • Baldwin, New York - 1967

    Posted on 10/24/01 - by Mary Jane Kedenburg
    Our Hero!
    -His Loving Family
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  • With Gratitude

    Posted on 7/8/01 - by Clark T. Ballard, Jr., M.D., Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret)
    With John's passing we lost a great soldier and a true hero who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valorous deeds that led to his untimely death. It is with deep gratitude that we are remembering Specialist John Kedenburg and all the others who served and died in times of war so that we may enjoy the Freedom and Liberties that make the United States of America great.
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  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS BRAVE YOUNG UNITED STATES ARMY SERVICEMAN WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE<><><><> CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR <><><><>

    Posted on 6/17/01 - by CLAY MARSTON
    SPECIALIST 5


    JOHN JAMES KEDENBURG


    served with


    COMMAND AND CONTROL DETACHMENT NORTH

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE 2

    5th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP ( AIRBORNE )

    1st SPECIAL FORCES


    and was a posthumous recipient of the


    CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


    who rests in honored glory in


    LONG ISLAND NATIONAL CEMETERY


    FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK


    LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK


    To view an image of his gravesite,

    please go to...


    www.findagrave.com/pictures/10077







    CITATION

    FOR AWARD OF THE

    CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR



    REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

    13 JUNE 1968



    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life
    above and beyond the call of duty. Specialist 5 Kedenburg, U.S. Army,
    Command and Control Detachment North, Forward Operating Base 2,
    5th Special Forces Group ( Airborne ), distinguished himself 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 5 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 5 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
    preselected landing zone with the loss of only one man, who was
    unaccounted for. Once in the landing zone, Specialist 5 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 5 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 5 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 5
    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.







    The award of the


    CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


    was presented to his family

    on 7 April 1970

    at

    The White House

    by the

    President of the United States of America

    Richard M. Nixon









    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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