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is honored on Panel 16W, Line 124 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • In your Honor

    Posted on 10/5/16 - by Mike Daggett
    Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. I'm running a 1/2 Marathon to honor our military heroes, and I've dedicated the first mile to you and your family!
  • Final Mission of CAPT William A. Kuhnke

    Posted on 11/15/15 - by
    On November 28, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-15684) from 119th Assault Helicopter Company, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade crashed while involved in administrative sorties (non-combative flying duties) in Binh Dinh Province (II Corps). The crew included pilots CAPT William A. Kuhnke and CW2 Edward T. Davis Jr., crew chief SP5 James R. Plate, and gunner SP4 Timothy E. Badostain. At the time of the accident, CAPT Kuhnke and his crew were attempting to complete one last sortie of non-combat material from LZ Tape to LZ Teg. The pad NCOIC (non-commissioned officer-in-charge) located at LZ Tape had requested WO1 Sherman, who was piloting aircraft #721 of the 119th AHC, to take this last sortie to LZ Teg prior to being released. The aircraft commander refused to take this last sortie to LZ Teg due to adverse weather. At this time the pad NCOIC was informed by CAPT Kuhnke, who was piloting aircraft #684, that he would attempt to complete this last sortie for him. WO1 Sherman then requested that CAPT Kuhnke remain on the ground at LZ Tape until he, in aircraft #721, could make a weather check of 44S location. Just as WO1 Sherman reached the crest of the hill he heard CAPT Kuhnke call off of LZ Tape fully loaded. LZ Teg popped a flare for WO1 Sherman, but he was unable to spot it due to the low ceilings and visibilities, so he turned away. CAPT Kuhnke broke in on FM (radio) and informed the people at LZ Teg that he would try to make it in. WO1 Sherman had CAPT Kuhnke in sight until he flew behind or into some clouds. CAPT Kuhnke kept calling and asking the people at LZ Teg if they could see him. The ground personnel at LZ Teg told the accident board that at the time of the accident the weather at their location was zero ceiling with no more than 20 feet visibility. The ground personnel kept directing CAPT Kuhnke north even though the weather was below minimums. They did not have CAPT Kuhnke in sight during these course corrections. CAPT Kuhnke then requested a long count. He was contacted by WO1 Sherman on UHF (radio) at this time telling him to get out of that location. No reply was received by WO1 Sherman so he attempted the same call on FM. Approximately 2 minutes later WO1 Sherman heard over FM, "I can't see a damn thing," then silence. Finally the control at LZ Tape called WO1 Sherman and informed him that CAPT Kuhnke had crashed into the trees. The cluster of trees they hit were approximately 200 yards from the landing area. All crewmen suffered fatal injuries in the crash. [Taken from and]

    Posted on 11/26/13 - by J
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/2/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain William Andrew Kuhnke, 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
  • If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. William Andrew KUHNKE, USA...who died for our country!!!!!!

    Posted on 3/15/12 - by
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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