Bruce Leonard Kennedy

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
24 January 1945 - 25 September 1966
Santa Monica, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Bruce Leonard Kennedy

5 Nov 2002

Thinking of you on this upcoming Veteran's Day. You are in our thoughts always.
You were so brave and courageous.

Your classmates from Lincoln Jr. High and Santa Monica High School, Class of 1962, Santa Monica, California.

God Bless you and your family and may your spirit soar in the heavens above us.

Sandra Nirenberg Marley
Class of 1962
Santa Monica High School

A Note from The Virtual Wall

OPERATION DECKHOUSE III in August 1966 provided the Battalion Landing Team built around the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, with their first combat expenience in Vietnam. While the first phase was not productive, Phase 2 (also termed "Operation Toledo") was the second combat landing in Vietnam for BLT 1/26. The BLT operated ashore between 22 and 29 August, locating and attacking a VC base camp and bunker complex. The VC did not stand and fight; instead, they abandoned their base to the Marines.

Never the less, three Marines from Charlie Company were killed on August 28, 1966 and a month later, on 25 September, a fourth member of the Company died of wounds received during the operation. The four were the first combat deaths for 1/26 Marines:

  • Cpl Paul B. Madden, Franklin, NJ
  • LCpl William A. Finkel, Columbus, OH
  • LCpl Bruce L. Kennedy, Santa Monica, CA (DoW 09/25/1966)
  • Pfc Frank L. Barbee, Lockhart, SC

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a school friend,
Sandra Nirenberg Marley
5 Nov 2002

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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