Kenneth Anderson
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Kenneth Anderson

NAME

Kenneth Robert Anderson

HOME OF RECORD

Cambridge

DATE OF BIRTH

11/30/1943

STATE

OH

DATE OF DEATH

August 27, 2017

BRANCH OF SERVICE

Army

INDUCTION YEAR

2022

Biography

11.5.1965 – 12.9.1966 Age 21 -23. Arriving in VN was scary. My first assignment in Saigon was taking care of killed in action body bags. It was the worst job you could have. Even though you never knew them you put them in a bag and tagged them getting them ready for shipment to the USA. I probably tagged 50 men per day. The average age was 19. I never forgot. Next Bien Hoa. Our job was to go on patrol for 3 days and nights and act as spotters to get a head count of the North Vietnamese troops and the Viet Cong who were regular people during the day and some worked for us but at night they became our enemy. There were 12 of us in the patrol and at night we moved through the jungle. During the day we sat still cleaning our M16s, resting from walking all night or keeping watch while your buddy got some rest. Smoking cigarettes and flipping your Zippos when we could because sound and smell traveled and we didn’t want to be found. Night was different. We started walking as soon as it got dark until the dawn started to break. In the middle of the jungle you could not see your hand in front of you and you had to walk quietly. We always saw troupes during the 3 days and we hung back being only 12 of us and 500 to 600 of them. Only one of us had experience the rest were privates out of basic. One time we got pinned down for 12 hours because we miss calculated a battalion of North VN. We called in aircraft to drop bombs so we could clear out. We got picked up the next day with no injuries.