KENNETH E ALESHIRE
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HONORED ON PANEL 41E, LINE 47 OF THE WALL

KENNETH EDWARD ALESHIRE

WALL NAME

KENNETH E ALESHIRE

PANEL / LINE

41E/47

DATE OF BIRTH

02/18/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/27/1968

HOME OF RECORD

PHILADELPHIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Philadelphia County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR KENNETH EDWARD ALESHIRE
POSTED ON 2.15.2005
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

The Philadelphia Inquirer - October 16, 1968

Caption: Raymond Aleshire wipes tear from eye and his wife closes her eyes to hold back tears at ceremony at which their son, Sp/4 Kenneth E. Aleshire, was presented posthumously the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Silver Star Medal for heroism in Vietnam. Mrs. Aleshire holds the awards presented to them at Geasey Field, Temple University.
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POSTED ON 2.15.2005
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

The Philadelphia Inquirer - October 14, 1968

General Will Honor
Olney Victim of War

The Bronze Star with first Oak Leaf Cluster and the Silver Star will be awarded posthumously at 2 P.M. Tuesday at Temple University's West Geasey Field, Norris st. near 15th, to Sp/4 Kenneth E. Aleshire.
Brig. Gen. William M. Mantz, commander of the Defense Personnel Support Center, will present the medals to Aleshire's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Aleshire, of 5408 N. Front st.
A varsity pitcher on the Olney High School baseball team, Aleshire, 20, pitched for Jenkintown in Penndel League after graduation in 1966.
He was killed in Vietnam action February 27, 1968.
Aleshire distinguished himself December 20, 1967 during an enemy mortar barrage when he and comrades advanced under intense fire and killed eight enemy soldiers near their perimeter line.
The Silver Star was awarded the young soldier for drawing enemy fire on himself during an enemy attack and aiding the men with him to find concealment. He was killed in this action.
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POSTED ON 9.1.2003
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

One of Philadelphia PA's 630 fallen sons.

Photo was taken from the Philadelphia Daily News of October 26, 1987. The special supplement entitled, 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' was published in conjunction with the dedication of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.

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POSTED ON 11.16.2002
POSTED BY: darwyn djon smith djon

fellow manchu

fellow manchu c co. 4th/9th 27july 66 e
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POSTED ON 11.11.2002
POSTED BY: Robert Greer

Kenneth was an outstanding baseball player

Kenneth E. Aleshire
N.Front Street, Olney

In his short life, he brought much joy to many people, Aleshire’s parents said. Their son had been an outstanding baseball player since his days in the Olney Midget Baseball League, and dreamed of making the major leagues. Nicknamed The Kid, he was a star pitcher on Olney High School teams in the mid-1960s. Aleshire turned down an athletic scholarship to Temple University, playing instead for Jenkintown in the Penndel League after graduating from Olney. He had caught the eye of several major league scouts, and arranged to be drafted earlier so he could complete his military obligation and get on with a baseball career. Aleshire was inducted into the Army in April 1967 and shipped out to Vietnam the following September to join Company C of the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. The specialist four, a rifleman, was killed on February 27, 1968, nine days after his 20th birthday, when his combat unit came under heavy fire near Saigon. Aleshire twice drew fire upon himself to allow other men in his unit to seek cover. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. A memorial fund established in his memory has resulted in many boys attending a Christian athlete’s camp. The fund now helps endow athletic organizations. Aleshire was survived by his parents and two brothers.
... from The Philadelphia Daily News
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