Kenneth Dean Rynning

Army of the United States
12 April 1947 - 14 May 1968
Aurora, Colorado
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Kenneth Dean Rynning

14 Jul 2003

Kenneth was my cousin on my mother's side of the family, I remember him as kids growing up as a real quiet, kind and a gentle person. He was the oldest and always looking out for his younger brothers and sisters. I am sure he was like that in Vietnam too.

He was truly loved by all his family and will be missed dearly but he will never be forgotten. God Bless you, "My Fallen Comrade". I just know he was looking out for me when I was in Vietnam, I could hear him talking to me on occasion, telling me to watch out or get down. Thank you very much, Kenneth, for the sacrifice you gave in Vietnam along with so many others.



12 Jul 2006

Paying tribute to this young hero,
with a multitude of thanks, for his service to our country.
Kenneth Dean Rynning, please know You will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN./

"They shall not grow old,
as we that are left behind grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them..."
- from "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon -

From the sister of another young hero who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam. KIA-1967

Garnet Jenkins

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The following is taken from the 5th Infantry History :
"On May 14, 1968, at 0720 hours, the battalion(-) started moving north. At 1155 hours, the lead APC for Company A hit an AT mine on Highway 7A, just southwest of Trung Lap. One Bobcat was killed and six were wounded and dusted-off. The APC was a combat loss.

At 1530 hours, Company B started receiving small arms, automatic weapons and RPG fire. After an airstrike, Company B started assaulting the contact area. At 1750 hours, the company received two 60mm mortar rounds. By 1800 hours, they overran the contact area, capturing some enemy weapons and finding one VC body.

At 1830 hours, the Medic APC from Company A hit a 20 pound mine but only the fuse detonated. At 1855 hours, an APC from Company A detonated an AT mine 3 kilometers northwest of Trung Lap at XT 567238. One Bobcat was killed and three were wounded and dusted-off. The battalion(-) established a night position at XT 565247."

The two men who died were Sergeant Rynning and Corporal Stephen R. Powell .

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a cousin,
Dorsey Patrick Satterfield

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 Jul 2003
Last updated 07/16/2006