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KENNETH MAX KNUDSON


is honored on Panel 6E, Line 15 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of PFC Kenneth M. Knudson

    Posted on 8/8/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    Early on the morning of March 16, 1966, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, on Operation Silver City in War Zone D, had just spent the night in dense jungle, four miles east of Bao Phung, in Long Khanh Province, RVN. Listening posts around their position reported hearing movement and voices throughout the night. The Skysoldiers of B Company felt an uneasy feeling of being surrounded. A patrol was sent out to recon the immediate area. Led by PFC John H. Beauchamp Jr., they carefully moved through the dense jungle, all the time feeling they were being watched. PFC Beauchamp paused 40 yards from a turn in the brush. He motioned to SP4 Charles A. Zionts to come forward and move to the corner. Zionts, with his M16 at the ready, crouched down and made his way to the bend. Just as he turned to look around the bend, a shot from an AK-47 rang out. Zionts fell, mortally wounded in the neck. Beauchamp rose and rushed forward. Just as he reached the fallen soldier, another bullet whistled through the air and hit Beauchamp in the chest, fatally wounding him. Before the rest of the patrol could respond, a roar of gunfire erupted as the enemy opened up on the Americans. As the Skysoldiers had sensed, a large combined force of NVA and Viet Cong had moved up surrounding Company B during the night and launched an attack. The fight lasted all day. After hours of intense close combat, many fighter-bomber strikes, much supporting artillery fire, pass after pass of helicopter gunships coming in firing, and "Cowboy" pilots under fire dropping cases of ammunition into the perimeter for troopers on the ground that were starting to run out of ammo, the enemy was repelled and withdrew. More than 600 enemy dead littered the battleground and the trails leading away from the area. The paratroopers sustained nine dead and scores of others wounded. The lost Americans included Beauchamp and Zionts, plus PFC Charles A. Bell, SGT Marion C. Brown, SP4 Robert P. Gipson, PFC William O. Gossett, PFC Kenneth M. Knudson, PFC Richard F. Smith, and PFC Charlie C. Walker. Beauchamp was posthumously promoted to Corporal. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, purpleheartaustin.org, and the book “The Principal’s Daughter” by Russ Katz]]
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  • You are not forgotten

    Posted on 7/7/18 - by jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio vietnam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde
    The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered. All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Sky Soldier.
  • Tribute to Sky Soldier

    Posted on 6/9/18 - by Mike Switzer
    On behalf of all the paratroopers who served with you in the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) and all who followed, we offer our respect and remembrance of your ultimate sacrifice. May you never be forgotten and your family and friends take comfort in your valor in serving
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  • Missing my brother

    Posted on 3/17/17 - by Connie Knudson Schultz conniemk51@gmail.com
    Who you'd be today? This is a song that I heard recently that caused me to pause in my busy life and consider this question for you and Dan. Our family is changing; the loss of Mary Sue and the decline of mom emotionally and physically. she has been including you in her conversation a lot lately. It just shows that even after 51 years, the loss of you never gets any easier. Rest in peace Max and know that you are never forgotten.
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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 11/4/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Private First Class Kenneth Max Knudson, Served with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.
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