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is honored on Panel 3W, Line 133 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • MIA bracelet

    Posted on 3/7/17 - by Cindi Ryan
    Many years ago when I was stationed at Grand Forks AFB, ND, I bought a MIA bracelet and it has the name PFC Willie C Kuykendall on it. I got this bracelet since I'm also from Mississippi. I came across the bracelet today as I was unpacking my household goods from my last move when I retired and moved back to Biloxi MS. Just wanted to let that he has been remembered.
  • Thank You

    Posted on 8/18/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you PFC Kuykendall for your courage in dangerous times, in a far and dangerous place.
  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 4/28/14 - by
    At 1400 hours on August 18, 1971, PFC Willie C. Kuykendall and PFC Melvin L. Weaks, both gunners, were members of 2nd Platoon, F Troop, 17th Cavalry, on a recovery operation of a track vehicle which had stalled while crossing the Thu Bon River in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. During the operation, PFC Kuykendall, assisted by SSGT Bays, attempted to swim a cable across the river to reach the vehicle. Bays was able to reach the vehicle, but due to the swift river current, PFC Kuykendall was carried past it. After having trouble staying up, he disappeared below the surface of the water, and was not seen again. When it became clear that PFC Kuykendall was in trouble, PFC Weaks entered the water and attempted to swim towards him, but he also disappeared beneath the surface in the same area, and was also not seen again. An extensive air and ground search was conducted without success. Kuykendall and Weaks are among the unfortunate accidental deaths that occur wherever people are. The fact that they died an accidental death in the midst of war is tragically ironic. They are listed among the missing with honor, because their bodies were never found to be returned to the country they served. [Taken from]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/20/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Willie Clyde Kuykendall, 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
  • Photo

    Posted on 6/28/11 - by Courtesy of The Panolian,
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit