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  • Date of Birth:8/1/1945
  • Date of Casualty:9/30/1968
  • Home of Record:LAS VEGAS
  • County of Record:CLARK COUNTY
  • State:NV
  • Branch of Service:NAVY
  • Rank:LCDR
  • Panel/Row:42W, 52
  • Status:MIA
  • Casualty Province:NZ


  • Date of Birth:8/6/1948
  • Date of Casualty:10/1/1968
  • Home of Record:NEW YORK
  • County of Record:NEW YORK CITY
  • State:NY
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:42W, 52
  • Casualty Province:BIEN HOA


is honored on Panel 42W, Row 52 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of PFC Hamp E. Zornes

    Posted on 1/12/16 - by
    Private First Class Zornes distinguished himself while serving as a Rifleman with Company C, 2/35th Infantry. On 30 September 1968, Private First Class Zornes' platoon was conducting combat operations north of Duc Lap. As his patrol maneuvered along a highway it was suddenly subjected to intense small arms, machine gun, mortar, and B-40 rocket fire from a numerically superior enemy force to its front and right flank. Unhesitatingly, Private First Class Zornes retaliated with accurate automatic weapons fire enabling his squad to move to a more advantageous position. During this move some members of his squad were wounded and immobilized in the open, exposed to the hostile fire. With complete disregard for his own safety, Private First Class Zornes rushed from his position of relative security through a vicious hail of enemy bullets, grenades, and mortar fire and placing one of the wounded on his shoulders, brought him to safety. During this act of bravery, he was wounded. Disregarding his wound he returned to the exposed position in an attempt to save another comrade. As he was attempting to rescue a second soldier, Private First Class Zornes was mortally wounded. Private First Class Zornes' extraordinary bravery, preserving concern for the welfare of his comrades, and exemplary devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. [Taken from PFC Zornes’ Silver Star citation on]
  • Thank You

    Posted on 9/30/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you PFC Zornes for your leadership and courage under fire.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/21/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Hamp Edwin Zornes, 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
  • Thank You.

    Posted on 11/10/10 - by Your friend, Hunter Elizabeth Rice
    Dear Mr Hamp,

    Thank you so much for everything you did to make sure me and my family have our freedom today. If it weren't for my english teacher I would not know who you are. I don't know you very well yet but, I am so thankful that you gave your life fighting for my freedom. It means so much and I will never be able to express how thankful I am that you did so. Again thank you so so so much.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/20/10 - by Robert Sage
    Hamp is buried at Adair Cemetery in Adair, OK. SS PH
  • God Bless

    Posted on 9/30/03 - by Zach Nicolay
    May God bless you, soldier, for what you have given away. In giving your life you have made a better future for me, a Gridley High School student. I will never be able to imagine what you went through, so all that I can do is say thank you. God bless.
  • Remembrace

    Posted on 6/9/03
    This is my brother-in-law, a very good man.

    (The above message and photo were sent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to be placed at The Wall during our Annual Father's Day Rose Remembrance Ceremony.
    To learn more about the ceremony, please visit

    Posted on 10/3/02 - by Ben Youmans
    C Company, 2/35th, 3rd Brigade, 4th Inf Division.
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

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