Kirkendall, Joseph Keith, SP 5

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Last Rank
Specialist 5
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
62F20-Crane Operator
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 62F20, 34th Engineer Group
Service Years
1966 - 1968

Specialist 5

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Aug 27, 1968
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Vinh Long (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
46W 042

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20th Engineer Brigade

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2014, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
20th Engineer BrigadeUS Army Engineer Command (Provisional) USARV34th Engineer Group
  1967-1968, 62F20, B Company, 69th Engineer Battalion
  1967-1968, 62F20, 20th Engineer Brigade
  1967-1968, 62F20, US Army Engineer Command (Provisional) USARV
  1967-1968, 62F20, 34th Engineer Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Spec. 5 Joseph Keith Kirkendall returned safely from his first tour in Vietnam.
The Vevay High School graduate, however, had a reason to enlist for a second tour.
There was an orphanage where he was stationed.
He felt the kids needed him,” said half brother James Hilligoss, Vevay
“He helped entertain the kids and take care of them,” he said.
He died after a mortar attack on his camp, where he was serving as a crane operator.
His second tour of duty in the Army would have ended in November 1968. He was 21 years old.
The family has many members who have served in the military including Hilligoss and two of Kirkdendall’s “whole” brothers, said Hilligoss.
Kirkendall was an outgoing person who liked to ride motorcycles, he said.
He enlisted in the Army because a lot of other people were enlisting at the time. He would send pictures home from Vietnam, he said.
His death was difficult for the family to accept.
“We didn’t hardly believe it at first. It was still hard to believe at the funeral home,” said Hilligoss.
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 46W 042

Service #  11737918

Start of Tour   03/24/1967

SP5 Joseph K. KIRKENDALL was the son of Mr. and Mrs. JOHN D. KIRKENDALL Sr., Route #2,
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