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is honored on Panel 49E, Line 26 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • You are not forgotten

    Posted on 2/6/18 - by jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio nam 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 Kenneth. :-(
  • Circumstances of His Death

    Posted on 12/4/14 - by Richard L. Dieterle
    I didn't know Thompson very well as he was a "new guy." Not long after landing near Khe Sanh to help the Marines there, we were sent out to scour the hills nearby for enemy units. On 11 April 68, we scaled a mountain that had a saddle back shape. Our platoon, the First Platoon of "A" Co, 1/8 Cav., descended down towards the rise that formed the other horn of the saddle. This hill was surrounded by yellow grass up to the level of the knee. We sent an element of about a dozen men to advance up that hill. They paused to reconnoiter about a third of the way up the hill. They stopped and relaxed a bit too much. Thompson was standing with his back to the hill when a shot rang out. The AK-47 bullet hit him directly in the heart through the back, protruding through the skin of his chest, but not breaking it. We pulled back, carrying his body to the higher part of the mountain, while artillery plastered the knoll. The NVA unit occupying it, who were not Infantry, fled the hill, which we later occupied. Even though he was relatively new, his loss was keenly felt.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/15/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Kenneth David Thompson, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/20/10 - by Robert Sage
    Ken is buried at Chapel Heights Memory Gardens in Marion, OH. PH
  • Thank You Soldier

    Posted on 2/16/03 - by Donald Lytle
    As a fellow Buckeye, I say "THANK YOU"

    As a Veteran, I say "JOB WELL DONE, SOLDIER"

    As an American, "YOUR DEATH WAS NOT IN VAIN"

    And as a Believer, "YOUR SPIRIT IS ALIVE--AND STRONG"

    Although we never met personally, I want to thank you PFC Kenneth David Thompson, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and most holy sacrifice, given to this great country of ours!


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