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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Birth:
15 Aug 1948 2
Death:
30 Mar 1967 2
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Full Name:
Kenneth Pettus 2
Birth:
15 Aug 1948 2
Male 2
Death:
30 Mar 1967 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 2
Age at Death: 18 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 30 Mar 1967 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Battalion:
2nd Bn 2
Company:
H Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E2 2
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 2
Regiment:
4th Marines 2
Service:
Marine Corps 2
Specialty:
Rifleman (USMC) 2
Years Served:
0 2
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Religion:
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 2
Race or Ethnicity:
African-American 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 75 2
Panel: 17E 2

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PFC. KENNTH "NORMAN" PETTUS MY FIRST GROWN-UP FRIEND 42 YEARS AGO YOU ALLOW ME TO RIDE MY BIKE ON THE AVE. , YOUR SMILE IS STILL CLEAR TODAY. I LIVED IN WASHINGTON D.C FOR 30YEARS AND VISITED YOU OFTEN, CRIED EVERY MARCH SINCE 1967. BECAUSE EVEN WITH A NEW BIRTHDAY(3/6) , YOUR GOING HOME (3/30) HURT! I MISS YOU BROTHER AND WILL NEVER FORGET PEACE BLOOD JOEL ROCHER-HUFF 13TH STREET FOREVER

Thank you Marine for your service for your service to your Country and Corps....

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 Marine                  ike

 

 

Last Known Activity

Last Known Activity

"He was very proud to be a Marine," said the young serviceman's mother.
The private first class attended Thomas Edison High School
before joining the Marine Corps

PFC Pettus ws assigned to Company H of the 2nd Battalion,
4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division.

He died in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, on March 30, 1967.
Source: Philadelphia Daily News 10/26/1987

Thomas Alva Edison High School of Philadelphia,
lost 54 former students during the Vietnam War,
more than any other U.S. high school. ...
School District of Philadelphia.

  Comments/Citation

The 2/4 Marines' Command Chronology for March 1967 contains the following entry:
"On 30 March 1967, Company H on way to provide security for rice harvest
at AT8256 were ambushed by a company of VC dug in at AT810574.
At 0813H, Bald Eagle (Company E) was alerted. At 0940H, Bald Eagle
and Command Group 'A' departed their CPs by truck to CAC B2-2 position,
where the Bald Eagle was picked up by helicopters and dropped into LZ
at AT791566. Companies H and E commenced a search and clear mission to the west
and southwest of Hill 25 AT807553. Sporadic contact was made during the day.
At approximately 1700H the sweep secured.
Results are as follows: VC KIA (Conf) 11, VC KIA (Prob) 8, Detainees 6,
USMC KIA 8, USMC WIA 6."
The Operations Log makes it clear the 14 casualties occurred
during Hotel 2/4's initial engagement, which began at about 0800.
The casualties had been medevaced by 0911.
Unfortunately, the death toll was increased when Pfc James R. Morgan
died from his wounds the following day.

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