KENNETH D ARMSTRONG
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HONORED ON PANEL 52W, LINE 16 OF THE WALL

KENNETH DANIEL ARMSTRONG

WALL NAME

KENNETH D ARMSTRONG

PANEL / LINE

52W/16

DATE OF BIRTH

09/05/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BIEN HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/11/1968

HOME OF RECORD

SANTA CRUZ

COUNTY OF RECORD

Santa Cruz County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR KENNETH DANIEL ARMSTRONG
POSTED ON 9.30.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Ground Casualty

PFC Kenneth D. Armstrong was an Engineer Equipment Assistant serving with A Company, 92nd Engineer Battalion. PFC Armstrong also served as a driver and radio operator for the Commanding Officer of A Company. On July 9, 1968, Armstrong was the driver of a military jeep on a courier run on the Main Supply Route to Saigon in Bien Hoa Province, RVN, when a Vietnamese civilian on a cycle made a U-turn in front of him. Armstrong swerved to miss the cycle and entered the opposite lane where he collided with an oncoming vehicle. Critically injured, he was taken to a U.S. military hospital where he expired two days later. He was posthumously promoted to Corporal. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Roy Williams (June 2006) at thewall-usa.org]
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POSTED ON 9.29.2017
POSTED BY: K

We still remember you Kenneth

Note below from Kenny’s CO

09 Dec 2006
I was the Company Commander of A Co, 92nd Engr Bn in 1968. Ken was my driver/RTO. He was hurt badly in a vehicle accident on the main supply route. He was returning to Long Binh after taking me to a heliport. I remember him showing me a gold and jade bracelet he had bought for a young lady. He was treated at the 24 Evac Hospital at Long Binh, but died two days after. I believe he actually died from pneumonia. I visited Ken in the hospital, but he was unresponsive due to his injuries. I also believe that Ken's personal items, the bracelet I mentioned, watch, etc were taken either at the accident site, or elsewhere. Ken was a great guy, and was well thought of by all. Over the years I have tried to find members of his family to no avail. I was only 23 at the time, and I have thought of Ken many times over the years. May he rest in peace, awaiting the next Reveille.

From his Company Commander,
Roy A. Williams
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POSTED ON 9.27.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR CORPORAL ARMSTRONG,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN ENGINEERING EQUIPMENT ASSISTANT. YOU WERE BORN ON MY MOM'S BIRTHDAY. SAY HI TO HER IN HEAVEN. HER NAME IS ROSE. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 11.17.2013
POSTED BY: Robert L Nelson

Remembering Our Own

Remembering Our Own
Kenneth Daniel Armstrong
Kenneth Daniel Armstrong was born on September 5,
1948, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Armstrong whose family
also included sons David and Rodney and a daughter Gayle.
Danny, as family and friends knew him, grew up in Santa
Cruz and attended Branciforte Elementary School.
After completing Branciforte Junior High School, he
enrolled in Soquel High School near his parents’ home. In
high school he was popular with the girls who remember
him as a quiet, shy and handsome boy with a smile that
seemed to have a giggle to it. During his high school years
and following graduation in 1967, he worked for the John
Bull Motor Company, the DISCO service station and a
service station owned by his parents.
In September 1967, Armstrong enlisted in the US Army
and received basic and engineer individual training. In February
1968, he was assigned to A Company, 92nd Engineer
Battalion, 159th Engineer Group, of the 20th Engineer
Brigade stationed at Long Binh, Vietnam. Armstrong
arrived in Vietnam on February 13, 1968, and shortly thereafter
was promoted to corporal. His abilities were soon recognized
and he became his company commander’s driver
and radio operator. Captain Roy Williams later recalled,
“He [Armstrong] was a quiet, and unassuming young man,
and very good at his job.”
On July 6, 1968, Corporal Kenneth Daniel Armstrong
dropped Captain Williams off at his office and was driving
on a courier assignment along the main supply route to
Saigon when he was forced to swerve to avoid a cyclist. In
the process he collided with an oncoming vehicle resulting
in a crash that threw him from his vehicle causing extensive
injuries. During his recovery period, Armstrong contracted
pneumonia that hastened his death on July 11, 1968. His
body was returned home and he was buried at Oakwood
Memorial Park
. Source
Remembering our Own
The Santa Cruz County Military Roll of Honor 1861-2010
By Robert L Nelson
The Museum of Art & History @ The McPherson Center
2010
Page 225
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POSTED ON 7.11.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL Kenneth Daniel Armstrong, 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
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