DAVID R KINK
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HONORED ON PANEL 20W, LINE 92 OF THE WALL

DAVID ROBERT KINK

WALL NAME

DAVID R KINK

PANEL / LINE

20W/92

DATE OF BIRTH

11/11/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PHUOC LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/03/1969

HOME OF RECORD

MIDDLETON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Dane County

STATE

WI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID ROBERT KINK
POSTED ON 11.14.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear WO David Robert Kink, 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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POSTED ON 10.25.2013
POSTED BY: Steve Conto, Menasha, WI

The Final Bridge

David is buried at Sunset Memory Gardens, Garden of Devotion Section (east end), south part, southwest corner, 1st row in from the west, 1st column in from the south.
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POSTED ON 3.1.2013
POSTED BY: Shari Kirkpatrick

Remembrance

photo provided by Charles Forsmo

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POSTED ON 12.8.2011
POSTED BY: Julie Kink

Never Forgotten

In his last letter home, my brother wrote, 'I've only seen one aviator killed since I've been here. You see, you're never alone on a mission. There's always somebody to protect you and get you out even before you hit the ground. . .' A week later, David's scout helicopter crashed. The other pilot, John Anderson, and the gunner, Edward Dennull, were killed. My brother died 12 days later. He was 19, and I had just turned eight. In those days, there were no Memorials, no mention of Vietnam in any of my classes from grade school through college. For years, I wondered what it would be like to be 19 and flying a helicopter, 19 and fighting a war, 19 and dying. No one talked about David, and most of my best friends never knew I lost a brother in Vietnam. Like so many veterans, family members of the fallen just didn't talk about it. I still don't remember my brother's voice . . . how long his fingers were . . . how his flight jacket felt. But I've learned about my brother and his service in Vietnam by finding his fellow aviators; his commanders . . . the pilots who shared his last mission, and the families of those who also died. Today, I know not only how David died, but more importantly, how he lived. One of the most incredible things I've learned is that there are people I never knew existed, who loved David as a brother, and who still miss him, as I do. Nowhere is that more evident to me than when I am standing in front of panel 20 west of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, next to someone who lost a little piece of their soul at the same time I did, on August 3, 1969. Never is it more evident than when I can say, 'Welcome Home,' to someone who has been waiting 40 years to hear it, as I have been waiting 40 years to have somebody to say it to. What is shared here, with each other and with family members of our fallen brothers, will not be forgotten. By your presence here, you bring a part of our brothers, uncles, sons, husbands, dads back to us. Perhaps the greatest gift we families can give you, in return, is to say, 'Welcome Home.' The fact that each of you is here today is a miracle, and an indication of the larger pattern that we can only glimpse. I see reflections of that 'larger pattern' in the scribblings of a 19-year-old kid who already knew, after just 3 weeks in The Cav, 'You're never alone on a mission.' David, I love you, I miss you, and I will never forget you. Your sister, Julie Kink sister of Warrant Officer David R. Kink C Troop 19th Cav June to July 1969
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POSTED ON 6.9.2011

Never Forgotten

Rest in peace with the warriors.
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