Summary

Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Corporal 1
Birth:
04 Aug 1948 1
Death:
26 May 1968 1
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Full Name:
Randall Wayne Kelpine 1
Birth:
04 Aug 1948 1
Male 1
Death:
26 May 1968 1
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 1
Age at Death: 19 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 26 May 1968 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Residence:
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI 1
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Married 1
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Corporal 1
Battalion:
3rd Bn 1
Company:
H&S Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Regular 1
Grade:
E4 1
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 1
Regiment:
3rd Marines 1
Specialty:
Field Radio Operator (USMC) 1
Tour Start Date:
17 Oct 1967 1
Years Served:
1 1
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Religion:
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 9 1
Panel: 66W 1

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Stories

Thank you Cpl. for your devotion to our God Corps & Country....

THE WALL

Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same

The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces

Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives


"War drew us from our homeland

In the sunlit springtime of our youth.

Those who did not come back alive remain

 in perpetual springtime -- forever young --

And a part of them is with us always."

--- Author Unknown ---

 God Bless  You                  ike

His tour began on Oct 17, 1967
Casualty was on May 26, 1968

From Patricia Dawn (Kelpine) Jantz

Sender Message Patricia Dawn (Kelpine) Jantz Information Related to your TWS Remembrance Profile #125574      Dear Sirs/Madams, I am the daughter and only child of Randall Wayne Kelpine. I know many years ago there were people looking for me and were not able to locate me, about 25 or so. They were building the Vietnam memorial in Milwaukee, WI and there was a dedication, which I missed. I would love to be able to communicate with anyone that served with my father. I hear many stories, which are wonderful, but I would like another perspective, as I was only 18 months old when he was killed. I have been told I am a carbon copy of my dad, but it is hard to see because of age. Thank you to whom ever put this information online. Please contact me with any questions. I do have in my possession all of his medals and ribbons and photos from during his tour in Vietnam, also the telegrams and letters notifying my mother of his passing. We always said, they weren't completely sure of his exact day of death, but his first grandchild was born on May 24(pretty close). His second grandchild bore his unique blue eyes I was told by close family.

I almost forgot to put into this information that my dad's first grandchild, Dawn Marie Miller served in the Wisconsin Army National guard for 7 years, which includes a tour in Iraq where she was a prison guard and her last and final tour in Afghanistan where she drove truck in convoys with the 1157th. We are so proud of her and I am sure my father is too.

Email Address: pjantz4@gmail.com

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