An American Hero
Remembering An American Hero
CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
KENNETH SOARES ANDRADE
who had previously served with
27th INFANTRY REGIMENT
" WOLFHOUNDS "
25th INFANTRY DIVISION
" TROPIC LIGHTNING "
was later lost while serving with
12th INFANTRY REGIMENT
" DUCTI AMORE PATRIAE "
4th INFANTRY DIVISION
" IRON HORSE "
and was posthumously awarded the
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
ARMY GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL
NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL
REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL
and was entitled to wear the
COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE
THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL
AND THEN, AT LAST WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE
CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross ( Posthumously ) to Kenneth Soares Andrade, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 3d Battalion, 12th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. Platoon Sergeant Andrade distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 27 February 1968 as acting platoon leader during an attack on his unit's perimeter near Dak To. While providing defense for the battalion fire base, his unit was subjected to a savage ground assault by a large North Vietnamese Army force. Sergeant Andrade exposed himself to deadly automatic weapons, grenade and small arms fire and moved around his perimeter shouting commands, pointing out targets and giving words of encouragement to his men. As he rose to move one of the more seriously wounded men to the ambulance helicopter landing zone, an enemy grenade landed near him. Sergeant Andrade picked up the grenade and threw it back at several enemy soldiers who were firing from behind a large tree to his front. He then picked up the wounded man and carried him across the perimeter to the landing zone under a hail of bullets. As he returned to the fight, a grenade exploded nearby, mortally wounding him. His valiant and selfless leadership inspired his men to greater efforts and they defeated the determined enemy. Platoon Sergeant Andrade's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
R E M E M B R A N C E
A Son of Hawaii
From the "Honolulu Star Bulletin":
On Feb. 27, 1968, near Dak To in South Vietnam, Sgt. Kenneth Andrade's platoon was under heavy attack by North Vietnamese soldiers. While helping move a wounded soldier to the ambulance helicopter landing zone, an enemy grenade landed near him. Andrade picked up the grenade and threw it at several enemy soldiers. He then picked up the wounded soldier and carried him to the helicopter under a hail of enemy gun fire. As he returned to the fight, he was killed by a North Vietnamese grenade.
Sgt. Andrade was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
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He maka lehua no kona one hanau
One who has the face of a warrior (loyal and honored) in his place of birth.
(From the Hawaii Vietnam Veterans Memorial)