Kenneth Ray Porter
Kenneth (Kenny) Ray Porter was born on January 30, 1946 in Brownwood, Texas. He graduated from Reserve High School in 1965. Kenny joined the Army in 1966 where he served in Vietnam. He was deployed to Dong Tam on the Mekong Delta as part of the 3rd Infantry, 60th Battalion, 9th Infantry Division’s Mobile Riverine Force. His job was to travel up and down the Mekong River by boat, go ashore and secure ground ahead of attack forces and medical evacuation helicopters. He was incredibly proud to serve his country. Kenny received the Vietnam Service Medal w/4 Bronze Service Stars; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Republic Of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Silver Star; Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross unit Citation w/Palm; National Defense Service Medal; Combat Infantry Badge; Sharpshooter badge w/Rifle Bar; Bronze Star Medal w/”V” Device and the Purple Heart. After leaving the Army, Kenny became a truck driver and retired as a self-titled “professional potato chip re-locator” from Frito Lay. Kenny had a passion for golf and was always ready to take someone’s quarters for each hole played. His other passion was dancing to old time county music. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a great cook. He enjoyed traveling especially when he went to Alaska. He also had the gentlest heart when it came to animals. Kenny and his wife, Pamela, have four children and five grandchildren whom he was most proud of. His children and grandchildren were a shining light in his life. He passed away on March 15, 2016 due to Prostate cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam. Kenny lived life to the fullest until the end and will be greatly missed by his friends and family. He was a hero to his family and country.