Armstrong, Kenneth Daniel, CPL

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
62A-Engineer Equipment Assistant
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 62A, 20th Engineer Brigade
Service Years
1966 - 1968

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Santa Cruz, CA
Last Address
Santa Cruz, CA

Casualty Date
Jul 11, 1968
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Reason
Vehicle Loss, Crash
Location
Bien Hoa (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Oakwood Memorial Park - Santa Cruz, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
52W 016

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 Unit Assignments
92nd Engineer Battalion20th Engineer Brigade
  1968-1968, 62A, 92nd Engineer Battalion/A Company
  1968-1968, 62A, 20th Engineer Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
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09 Dec 2006, I was the Company Commander of A Co, 92nd Engr Bn in 1968. Ken was my driver/RTO. He was hurt badly in a vehicle accident on the main supply route. He was returning to Long Binh after taking me to a heliport. I remember him showing me a gold and jade bracelet he had bought for a young lady. He was treated at the 24 Evac Hospital at Long Binh, but died two days after. I believe he actually died from pneumonia. I visited Ken in the hospital, but he was unresponsive due to his injuries. I also believe that Ken's personal items, the bracelet I mentioned, watch, etc were taken either at the accident site, or elsewhere. Ken was a great guy, and was well thought of by all. Over the years I have tried to find members of his family to no avail. I was only 23 at the time, and I have thought of Ken many times over the years. May he rest in peace, awaiting the next Reveille. From his Company Commander, Roy A. Williams, roywilliams30@comcast.net
   
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Kenneth Daniel Armstrong was born on September 5, 1948, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Armstrong whose family also included sons David and Rodney and a daughter Gayle. Danny, as family and friends knew him, grew up in Santa Cruz and attended Branciforte Elementary School. After completing Branciforte Junior High School, he enrolled in Soquel High School near his parents home. In high school he was popular with the girls who remember him as a quiet, shy and handsome boy with a smile that seemed to have a giggle to it. During his high school years and following graduation in 1967, he worked for the John Bull Motor Company, the DISCO service station and a service station owned by his parents. In September 1967, Armstrong enlisted in the US Army and received basic and engineer individual training. In February 1968, he was assigned to A Company, 92nd Engineer Battalion, 159th Engineer Group, of the 20th Engineer Brigade stationed at Long Binh, Vietnam. Armstrong arrived in Vietnam on February 13, 1968, and shortly thereafter was promoted to corporal.

His abilities were soon recognized 
and he became his company commanders driver and radio operator. Captain Roy Williams later recalled, He [Armstrong] was a quiet, and unassuming young man, and very good at his job. On July 6, 1968, Corporal Kenneth Daniel Armstrong dropped Captain Williams off at his office and was driving on a courier assignment along the main supply route to Saigon when he was forced to swerve to avoid a cyclist. In the process he collided with an oncoming vehicle resulting in a crash that threw him from his vehicle causing extensive injuries. During his recovery period, Armstrong contracted pneumonia that hastened his death on July 11, 1968. His body was returned home and he was buried at Oakwood Memorial Park,  "Source Remembering our Own" The Santa Cruz County Military Roll of Honor 1861-2010 By Robert L Nelson, The Museum of Art & History @ The McPherson Center 2010.
   
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