Kenneth Eugene Lockhart
LenSvc Between 8 and 9 years
Unit C Battery, 7th Battalion, 9th Artillery Regiment, 2nd Field Force
Start Tour Wednesday, 23 October 1968
Cas Date Sunday, 18 May 1969
Age at Loss 25
Remains Body recovered
Location Long Khanh, South Vietnam
Type Hostile, died outright
Reason Artillery, rocket, or mortar – Ground casualty
Vietnam Wall Panel 24W Line 044
I was there on the night of May 18th. I was in the bunker next to yours, when it was hit that took your life and Patrick Rice. A year does not go by without thinking of all that lost their life that night. God bless and rest in peace.
Nov 11, 2006
6 Oct 2002
Kenneth, my brother and friend, I miss you so much. Funny how things can change overnight. I remember that a few days before we were mad at each other, and I don’t remember why. All I know is that on May 17, 1969, we went to pick some film and supplies, including fresh bread for the evening meal. When we came back, we ate and got ready to watch the movie. Remember how we ran when the B-52s downloaded their deliveries nearby? I could not believe that we went to sleep and at 130 AM the first RPG was heard and someone screamed Incoming.
I was taking care of the wounded, but I think I saw you and Rice just minutes before the RPG hit the bunker. I think I saw you, but I had so much to do that it did not click into my head. Around 630 AM, the black Cobra choppers controlled the perimeter. When I asked someone about you two, someone told me what had transpired and I lost it. I already had lost my hearing and voice, but I cried for hours. It was a pain that was unbearable, it lasted for years until I was able to see your name and Patrick’s name on the Wall. I now it is a matter of time before we see each other. I hope you will remember me too.
Godspeed to you, brothers.
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