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CHRISTOPHER KELLY

  • Wall Name:CHRISTOPHER KELLY
  • Date of Birth:9/3/1947
  • Date of Casualty:8/3/1969
  • Home of Record:CHURCH POINT
  • County of Record:ACADIA PARISH
  • State:LA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PVT
  • Panel/Row:20W, 92
  • Casualty Province:BINH DINH

TERRENCE M MCDERMOTT

  • Wall Name:TERRENCE M MCDERMOTT
  • Date of Birth:3/9/1946
  • Date of Casualty:8/3/1969
  • Home of Record:HARTFORD
  • County of Record:HARTFORD COUNTY
  • State:CT
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:1LT
  • Panel/Row:20W, 93
  • Casualty Province:BINH DINH

DAVID ROBERT KINK


is honored on Panel 20W, Row 92 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • We pay tribute to this fallen warrior

    Posted on 5/24/15 - by John A. Kink
    We visit David Kink's grave site every memorial day to pay our respects. We live nearby the Sunset Memorial cemetery and discovered his grave site by quite by chance. Indeed it was quite a surprise to see it ..as our last name is also "Kink". Even though we are not related we have felt a special bond with him and have a deep respect for him for his ultimate sacrifice for his country.
    My own son will be turning 19 in June and can't imagine the pain of losing someone that young who is just beginning his life.
    Vietnam was a very unpopular war and many veterans and their families were not given support, sympathy and praise they deserved for their sacrifice.
    America is very proud of your service David, rest in peace.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/14/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear WO David Robert Kink, 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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  • The Final Bridge

    Posted on 10/25/13 - by Steve Conto, Menasha, WI
    David is buried at Sunset Memory Gardens, Garden of Devotion Section (east end), south part, southwest corner, 1st row in from the west, 1st column in from the south.
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  • Remembrance

    Posted on 3/1/13 - by Shari Kirkpatrick facestogowithnames@yahoo.com

    photo provided by Charles Forsmo

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  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 12/8/11 - by Julie Kink kink100@att.net
    In his last letter home, my brother wrote, 'I've only seen one aviator killed since I've been here. You see, you're never alone on a mission. There's always somebody to protect you and get you out even before you hit the ground. . .' A week later, David's scout helicopter crashed. The other pilot, John Anderson, and the gunner, Edward Dennull, were killed. My brother died 12 days later. He was 19, and I had just turned eight. In those days, there were no Memorials, no mention of Vietnam in any of my classes from grade school through college. For years, I wondered what it would be like to be 19 and flying a helicopter, 19 and fighting a war, 19 and dying. No one talked about David, and most of my best friends never knew I lost a brother in Vietnam. Like so many veterans, family members of the fallen just didn't talk about it. I still don't remember my brother's voice . . . how long his fingers were . . . how his flight jacket felt. But I've learned about my brother and his service in Vietnam by finding his fellow aviators; his commanders . . . the pilots who shared his last mission, and the families of those who also died. Today, I know not only how David died, but more importantly, how he lived. One of the most incredible things I've learned is that there are people I never knew existed, who loved David as a brother, and who still miss him, as I do. Nowhere is that more evident to me than when I am standing in front of panel 20 west of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, next to someone who lost a little piece of their soul at the same time I did, on August 3, 1969. Never is it more evident than when I can say, 'Welcome Home,' to someone who has been waiting 40 years to hear it, as I have been waiting 40 years to have somebody to say it to. What is shared here, with each other and with family members of our fallen brothers, will not be forgotten. By your presence here, you bring a part of our brothers, uncles, sons, husbands, dads back to us. Perhaps the greatest gift we families can give you, in return, is to say, 'Welcome Home.' The fact that each of you is here today is a miracle, and an indication of the larger pattern that we can only glimpse. I see reflections of that 'larger pattern' in the scribblings of a 19-year-old kid who already knew, after just 3 weeks in The Cav, 'You're never alone on a mission.' David, I love you, I miss you, and I will never forget you. Your sister, Julie Kink sister of Warrant Officer David R. Kink C Troop 19th Cav June to July 1969
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