Shamblin, Kenneth Wayne, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
67N10-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1970 - 1971

Specialist 4

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Apr 21, 1971
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Beane Cemetery - Sissonville, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03W 001

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Association
  1971, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1971, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  1971, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Association [Verified]

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Tributes from Others posted by IN Olsen, David O, SGT 548
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  Tributes from Others: Sep 3, 2015  

He Went In My Place
Posted on 4/9/15 - by Kenneth L Shamblin
When I was ordered to Viet Nam, my wife was hospitalized and seriously ill. My assignment was put on hold and I was given a temporary deferment. I was never sent to Viet Nam but in 1970 sent to Germany instead. I have always felt that Ken died in my place. I think of him daily and remember him in prayer. I would like to visit his burial site in the near future..

Thoughts from an old friend.
Posted on 12/1/13 - by Ronald W. Johnson
Kenny was a lifelong friend from elementry school onward through Sr High. He played all the sports well and got along with everyone. I never knew him to get into a fight with anyone. He loved the outdoors and his family. I kept thoughts of him throughout my military career. It wasn't until just a few years ago I ran across a "Declassified" report that stated he died during the attempted rescue of a MACVSOG team in Cambodia. Even today I miss his friendship and he will always be young in my memories. Go with God my brother.
Final Mission of SP4 Kenneth W. Shamblin
Posted on 3/15/13 - by
On April 21, 1971 SP4 Kenneth W. Shamblin was aboard U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 68-17175 from Battery E (Aviation), 82nd Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) when the aircraft came under small arms fire. The aircraft was able to continue flight, however, SP4 Shamblin suffered a fatal wound in the attack. [Taken from]

Manuel Pino  B/2/8th Cav,1st Cav 68-69

F Trp/4th Cav Rgt, 25th Inf Div
Sep 25, 2009
Garnet  Jenkins
Grand Junction Co
~Thank You, SP4 Kenneth Wayne Shamblin ~

In Remembrance of your Service and with a Multitude of Thanks for your Courage and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom. Rest well and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I am the sister of Sgt. David Dickinson, who also made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam in 1967..... ~TREASURE THIS HERO LORD, IN YOUR GARDEN OF REST, FOR WHILE HERE ON EARTH, HE WAS ONE OF OUR BEST~
Apr 21, 2009
Malcolm   Kirby
USAF Veteran-191st photo recon.
Rest in Peace, my Brother
You will not be forgotten...
Apr 21, 2008
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Manuel Pino 2/8 Bco 1st Cav-68-69
Fellow Vietnam Army Vet
"Stand proud and strong and do not be afraid, because death comes to us all, I just got there earlier."
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Honored son
Though we never met, in fact, I was only 12 when you gave your life in Vietnam, I am growing to know you through a wonderful friendship with your dad. He is one of my patients and we chat about you when he comes in. He is so proud of you and misses you dearly.
You live on!
Posted by: Laure Marino

Saturday, October 3, 2009
Do not stand at my grave and weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Frye – 1932
Posted by: Bob Ross

Relationship: Fellow Vietnam Veteran
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Not forgotten
Ken, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well and thank you
Posted by: Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67

Relationship: Fellow vet
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Thank you
Dear Kenneth,
At our school we have started the Gridley High School Posting Project. Students from all of the history classes will be posting remembrances for the soldiers of the Vietnam War. As one of the students participating in this project, I want to tell you how much you are appreciated still today. You will always be remembered as a brave American.

God Bless,
Kayla Porzelius
Posted by: Kayla Porzelius

Wednesday, April 21, 2004
We Remember
Kenneth is buried at Beane Cem, Sissonville,WV


Friday, January 16, 2004

IN Olsen, David O, SGT 548
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Jan 30, 2016
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