KENNETH M KNUDSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 6E, LINE 15 OF THE WALL

KENNETH MAX KNUDSON

WALL NAME

KENNETH M KNUDSON

PANEL / LINE

6E/15

DATE OF BIRTH

11/04/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/16/1966

HOME OF RECORD

SACO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Phillips County

STATE

MT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR KENNETH MAX KNUDSON
POSTED ON 3.16.2020
POSTED BY: Connie K Schultz

Remembering you

Dear Max, it has been 54 years ago this evening that we were made aware of your death. I remember two soldiers coming to Grandma Knudson's in Saco; I remember the anguish on Mom and Dad's face, I remember the moment that we knew you were not coming home. It had been three weeks since we said goodbye. The is past year, I have continued on my journey to understand about your life in the military and your death.. I have communicated with those that were with you the day you died; I have visited Vietnam in hopes of traveling to LZ ZuluZulu the site of your death, and most recently I traveled to Fort Benning, GA. It was there that I realized the devastation to the 173rd Airborne during the Vietnam War. Jim and I were fortunate to pay respect at the 173rd Airborne Memorial at the National Infantry Museum which bears your name. I continue to make sure that your sacrifice is never forgotten. I love you and miss you as my brother but also miss what might have been. With love, Connie
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POSTED ON 3.16.2020
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Medal Award

PFC Kenneth M Knudson was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his conspicuous gallantry in action. He served as an Infantryman (Airborne Qualified) and was assigned to A Co, 2nd Bn, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade. Further details of the award are contained in a prior remembrance.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/501366
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POSTED ON 1.10.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Kenneth Knudson, Thank you for your service as an Airborne Qualified Infantryman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Happy New Year in heaven. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 3.16.2019
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 8.8.2018

Final Mission of PFC Kenneth M. Knudson

Early on the morning of March 16, 1966, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, on Operation Silver City in War Zone D, had just spent the night in dense jungle, four miles east of Bao Phung, in Long Khanh Province, RVN. Listening posts around their position reported hearing movement and voices throughout the night. The Skysoldiers of B Company felt an uneasy feeling of being surrounded. A patrol was sent out to recon the immediate area. Led by PFC John H. Beauchamp Jr., they carefully moved through the dense jungle, all the time feeling they were being watched. PFC Beauchamp paused 40 yards from a turn in the brush. He motioned to SP4 Charles A. Zionts to come forward and move to the corner. Zionts, with his M16 at the ready, crouched down and made his way to the bend. Just as he turned to look around the bend, a shot from an AK-47 rang out. Zionts fell, mortally wounded in the neck. Beauchamp rose and rushed forward. Just as he reached the fallen soldier, another bullet whistled through the air and hit Beauchamp in the chest, fatally wounding him. Before the rest of the patrol could respond, a roar of gunfire erupted as the enemy opened up on the Americans. As the Skysoldiers had sensed, a large combined force of NVA and Viet Cong had moved up surrounding Company B during the night and launched an attack. The fight lasted all day. After hours of intense close combat, many fighter-bomber strikes, much supporting artillery fire, pass after pass of helicopter gunships coming in firing, and "Cowboy" pilots under fire dropping cases of ammunition into the perimeter for troopers on the ground that were starting to run out of ammo, the enemy was repelled and withdrew. More than 600 enemy dead littered the battleground and the trails leading away from the area. The paratroopers sustained nine dead and scores of others wounded. The lost Americans included Beauchamp and Zionts, plus PFC Charles A. Bell, SGT Marion C. Brown, SP4 Robert P. Gipson, PFC William O. Gossett, PFC Kenneth M. Knudson, PFC Richard F. Smith, and PFC Charlie C. Walker. Beauchamp was posthumously promoted to Corporal. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, purpleheartaustin.org, and the book “The Principal’s Daughter” by Russ Katz]]
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