WILLIAM F KERN
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HONORED ON PANEL 11E, LINE 61 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM FRANCIS KERN

WALL NAME

WILLIAM F KERN

PANEL / LINE

11E/61

DATE OF BIRTH

04/26/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/08/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ALGONA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Kossuth County

STATE

IA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM FRANCIS KERN
POSTED ON 7.3.2018
POSTED BY: arlan kickbush

a friend

Bill stood next to me when we were sworn in at des moines. he was in my basic training co. He always marched at the head of our platoon and I had a devil of a time keeping up with him. I learned of his death when I was in okinawa. I ran into Louis Heinen at o'hare on my way home and we talked for a short time about Bill. he was a great man. Arlan Kickbush colesburg Iowa.
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POSTED ON 9.11.2017
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Wolfhound Brother

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor William.
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POSTED ON 9.11.2017
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Wolfhound Brother

Ambush

On 7 October 1966, a patrol from Charlie Company was ambushed and decimated in a firefight with Viet Cong (VC) forces as they moved through a flat, grassy, populated area with major rice fields to the east, west and south of the Song Van Co Dong River. The ambush site was located approximately 1 mile east of Khiem Cuong, 6 miles northeast of the Song Van Co Dong River, 17 miles west-northwest of Tan Son Nhut Airfield that was on the northeast edge of Saigon and 17 miles due east of the South Vietnamese/Cambodian border, Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam.

One man, after capture, SGT Sammie Norman Womack, was marched north to the VC prison camp in Tay Ninh Province as were other Americans captured before him. He was released on February 7, 1967.

The 10 other men who perished in this assault that wiped out their patrol were:

SP4 Francisco Peraza Chaira, Tempe, Arizona
SP4 Herman Lee Cooper, Town Creek, Alabama
SSG Dennis Garland, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
SP4 Keith Eugene Hix, Kansas City, Missouri
SP4 William Francis Kern, Algona, Iowa
SP4 Billy Lee, Walhalla, South Carolina
SP4 Alan Frank Lucas, Cleveland, Ohio
PFC Billy Franklin Mooneyham, Pikeville, Tennessee
PFC Halley Don Whitlock, Gladewater, Texas
SP4 Paul Frank Widtfeldt, Jr., Council Bluffs, Iowa
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POSTED ON 7.3.2014
POSTED BY: Robert Kern

A Great Brother

I just wanted to thank my younger brother for every thing he did for this country. I love and I'll see you on the other side.
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POSTED ON 10.2.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 William Francis Kern, 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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