John Francis KitsonPrivate First Class
C CO, 1ST BN, 1ST MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
18 July 1950 - 23 July 1969
Levittown, New York
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The database page for John Francis Kitson
John Kitson and I survived boot camp and advanced infantry training together. He had a tough spirit and a kind heart. We shipped out to Vietnam together but pulled different assignments. I wrote about him in my book, "Fire in the Hole: A Mortarman in Vietnam" (USBN: 0-595-16003-4). He was my friend. I will always remember him.
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 1/1 Marines' Command Chronology for July 1969 says that Charlie Company Marines detonated two booby traps shortly before noon on 23 July, one at 11:40 and one at 11:50. The two devices wounded a total of seven Marines - and two of them died from their injuries. The two men were Pfc Philip Hammons of Covington, Kentucky, and Pfc John F. Kitson, Levittown, New York.
Pfc John Francis Kitson,
United States Marine Corps,
is buried in Grave 2986, Section F,
Long Island National Cemetery,
Farmingdale, New York.
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a fellow Marine,
J. Michael Orange
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 Feb 2003
Last updated 11/03/2006