KEITH B JANKE
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HONORED ON PANEL 23W, LINE 9 OF THE WALL

KEITH BRIAN JANKE

WALL NAME

KEITH B JANKE

PANEL / LINE

23W/9

DATE OF BIRTH

02/23/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/28/1969

HOME OF RECORD

ASHLAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Bayfield County

STATE

WI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR KEITH BRIAN JANKE
POSTED ON 2.7.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will remain in our hearts forever….
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POSTED ON 9.11.2022

Final Mission of SGT Keith B. Janke

During April 1969, 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade relocated its headquarters from Camp Radcliff to LZ Uplift in Binh Dinh Province, RVN. The transition took six days to complete (April 13th-18th), and on April 19th the Battalion initiated Operation Washington Green, a security and pacification mission in the four northern districts of the province. The Battalion conducted extensive cordon and search operations with local Popular Forces to rid the populated areas of Viet Cong (VC) guerrilla forces. They also performed active night patrolling in an attempt to eliminate infiltration and movement by the VC infrastructure. On the morning of May 28, 1969, a patrol from A/1-50th walked into a VC ambush nine miles northeast of Phu My City. The enemy detonated a U.S.-type Claymore mine against the troopers, killing two and wounding four others. The lost personnel included SGT Keith B. Janke and PFC Clarence Taylor. One of the wounded, PFC Steve F. Grubb was admitted to a military hospital where he expired shortly thereafter. All three men received posthumous promotions, Grubb and Taylor to Corporal, and Janke to Staff Sergeant. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “History of 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 1 April 1969 – 30 June 1969” at ichiban1.org]
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POSTED ON 11.8.2020
POSTED BY: Sharon Manthei

AHS Class of 1961

Keith is the only member of the Ashland High School Class of 1961 to die in the service of our country. Class members placed a Legacy Stone at The High Ground in Niellsville, WI to honor Keith.
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POSTED ON 8.21.2020
POSTED BY: jerry sandwisch wood cty. ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde

You are not forgotten

The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered. All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Sky Soldier.
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POSTED ON 9.5.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear SSgt Keith Janke, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It's the end of summer. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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