Charlie Battery Truck Driver 1967-1968
Kenny served in Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division from 1967 to 1968. Charlie Battery had six towed 105 MM artillery howitzers. Kenny drove a duce and a half truck which he pulled a howitzer and made ammo runs every day and some times at night to keep the guns supplied with the rounds they needed.
Kenny was in many operations across the northern part of Vietnam DMZ area often called Leather Neck Square. Kenny was in the first artillery battle with the North Vietnamese Army which lasted for nine hours, a total of 1800 rounds landed in Charlie Battery area.
Kenny was well liked by his brother Marines, he looked after ever one like a father. He was often called Pop. I was the Motor Pool Sergeant but Kenny kept the men in line, always doing the dangerous runs himself even when he had a short time left on his tour. I often rode with Kenny as his ShotGun, we did not get much sleep and Kenny would tell me to take a nap while he drove. He was always looking out for me. When we got our rations of beer and soda,(two each per day), I always swapped my beer to Kenny for his sodas.
It was a great honor to have served with Kenny, and to have kept in touch the many years after Vietnam. Kenny was more than a Brother, He was a part of my life, He will be greatly missed, but never forgotton.
Semper Fi Brother Kenny
Sergeant Ed Elstan U.S.M.C.