KENNETH V JENSEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 27W, LINE 74 OF THE WALL

KENNETH VERN JENSEN

WALL NAME

KENNETH V JENSEN

PANEL / LINE

27W/74

DATE OF BIRTH

11/11/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/13/1969

HOME OF RECORD

SACRAMENTO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Sacramento County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR KENNETH VERN JENSEN
POSTED ON 9.14.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Kenneth Jensen, Thank you for your service as an Armor Crewman. 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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POSTED ON 11.11.2017
POSTED BY: A Grateful American

Veterans Day November 11, 2017

Remembering you on this Veterans Day, November 11, 2017 As it is also your birthday I pray that you have family members left to remember you each and every day.
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POSTED ON 3.27.2016

Final Mission of SP4 Kenneth V. Jensen

SGT Joseph A. Oreto and SP4 Kenneth V. Jensen were aero rifle platoon (ARP) members serving with Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry. On April 13, 1969, they were participating in Operation Atlas Wedge in the area of the Michelin rubber plantation, their objective being to stop the southerly movement of the 7th NVA Division toward Saigon. During the operation, SP4 Jensen was in the point position leading a squad through thick jungle with SGT Oreto close behind. Moving between enemy bunkers, the two were caught in the open when the enemy opened up with a violent volley of small-arm fire. Oreto was hit in the heart and died instantly. Jensen was hit multiple time and bled to death before his pinned down ARP’s could get to him and render aid. Eventually some ARP’s were able to reach Oreto and remove his body. It took hours before mechanized infantry cleared the bunkers of the enemy that Jensen was recovered. One of Jensen’s buddies stayed on the battlefield the whole time, watching over his friend until help arrived, and then carried him away for evacuation once the area was secure. [Taken from the book American Warrior by J.C. Bahnsen Jr.]
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POSTED ON 4.13.2015
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Silver Star Citation

Kenneth Vern Jensen
Date of birth: November 11, 1949
Date of death: April 13, 1969
Home of record: Sacramento California
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Kenneth Vern Jensen (ASN: RA-18926365), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force on 13 April 1969 while serving as a rifleman with the Aero Rifle Platoon, Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date while it was conducting a bomb damage assessment in a heavily fortified enemy base camp, the platoon suddenly came under intense machine gun and antitank rocket fire from a well-concealed and well-entrenched hostile force. Specialist Jensen's squad which was the lead element was immediately pinned down in an open area directly in front of the enemy positions. Seeing his squad leader hit and critically wounded Specialist Jensen ignoring the intense hostile fire immediately stood up and single handedly charged the entrenched enemy force. With the hostile fire concentrated on him his comrades were able to take up secure positions and evacuate the wounded squad leader. While making his assault he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. Specialist Four Jensen's outstanding courage, unwavering devotion to duty and deep concern for the welfare of his comrades were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam, General Orders No. 1106 (May 2, 1969)

Action Date: April 13, 1969

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Air Cavalry Troop

Regiment: 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
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POSTED ON 4.11.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Kenneth Vern Jensen, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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