KENNETH R BRINKER
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HONORED ON PANEL 27W, LINE 105 OF THE WALL

KENNETH RAY BRINKER

WALL NAME

KENNETH R BRINKER

PANEL / LINE

27W/105

DATE OF BIRTH

10/13/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/18/1969

HOME OF RECORD

BARTONVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Peoria County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR KENNETH RAY BRINKER
POSTED ON 6.27.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us....
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POSTED ON 7.13.2020

Final Mission of SP4 Kenneth R. Brinker

On the afternoon of April 18, 1969, elements of C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment, a U.S. Army mechanized unit, was traveling on Highway QL-9 in the upper Quang Tri Province, RVN, when they came across two platoons of Marines from C Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry returning from a road sweep. The tankers offered the Marines a lift which they accepted. Shortly thereafter, one of the tanks hit a mine, disabling the vehicle. It was late by the time the column was ready to move again, so they bivouacked alongside of the road, the Marines on a slight rise, and the mechanized unit a hundred yards away in a slight valley. Unbeknownst to the armored troopers, they set their overnight camp in the middle of a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) bunker system. After dark, at approximately 8:30 PM, a trip flare set out by the Americans went up, signaling the presence of enemy sappers. Eight NVA were spotted running in the open and were engaged by U.S. troops. The enemy then attacked from the north and northwest, infiltrating the camp and firing weapons and tossing satchel charges. U.S. flare ships, AC-47 “Spooky” gunships, and artillery were used in support of the besieged Americans. The sometimes close-quarter fighting raged approximately three hours. The Marine unit, only a football field away, was advised to stay put as the confused combat made for unclear battle lines. Nearby Marine and Army artillery units plus air support kept most of the attackers outside the camp and finally drove the NVA into the surrounding jungle. Twelve U.S. Army personnel were killed and twenty-two were wounded. They included SP4 Andrew A. Biedron Jr., SP4 Kenneth R. Brinker, SGT John Burgess, SP5 George C. Dahlman, SGT David A. Dittmer, PFC Victor L. Mills, CPL Robert L. Park, SGT Ronald H. Riley, SGT Perry J. Scott, SP5 Charles D. Short, SP4 Charles C. Smith Jr., and SGT Timothy T. Tipton. Also lost was a Pacific Stars & Stripes correspondent embedded with the unit, SSG Paul D. Savanuck, the first S&S reporter killed since the Korean War. A sweep of the battle area revealed five NVA bodies, two found inside the perimeter. Total enemy kills were estimated at thirteen. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, “G2 & G3 Journal (3d MARDIV)” at ttu.edu, and “Stripes’ Newsman Killed in Attack.” Pacific Stars & Stripes, April 23, 1969; also “Human bombs hit U.S. base.” Chicago Times, April 19, 1969; also, information provided by Howell M. Young (May 2020)]
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POSTED ON 4.19.2020
POSTED BY: Howell Young

Not Forgotten

It's been 51 yrs. but you are not forgotten to me. RIP Howell Young C1/9 1969
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POSTED ON 4.19.2020
POSTED BY: Howell Young

Never Forgotten

It has been 51 years I have not forgotten RIP my warrior brother Howell young C 1/9 1969
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POSTED ON 10.13.2019
POSTED BY: Malli

Kenneth

Kenneth.......Honoring you on your birthday....Never forgotten......God Bless
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