Kenneth D Weis

Master Sergeant
Army of the United States
03 June 1930 - 13 September 1967
Salina, Kansas
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Silver Star

Combat Infantry (2nd Award)

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense (2), Korean Service, Vietnam Service, UN Service, RoK Defense Service, RVN Campaign

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09 Jul 2006

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered on the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many mother's tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.
� 1981 by Kelly Strong

From his granddaughter.
E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 13 Sep 1967 elements from two battalions of the 60th Infantry were engaged at Rach Ba Muing, about 4 kilometers south of Cai Lay in Dinh Tuong Province. Nine American soldiers died in the fight:
  • 3rd Bn, 60th Infantry:
    • PSGT Kenneth C. Rakentine, Lowland Hills, NY, "A" Company
    • CPL Paul R. Strange, Ogden Dunes, IN, "A" Company
    • SP4 Mack A. Alston, Whitakers, NC, "C" Company

  • 5th Bn, 60th Infantry:
    • MSG Kenneth D. Weis, Salina, KS, "A" Company (Silver Star)
    • CPL Jessie C. Cofield, Newnan, GA, "A" Company
    • SP4 Dennis R. Hodge, Cincinnati, OH, HQ Company with A/5/60
    • SP4 Walter F. Steffens, Arcadia, MI, HQ Company with A/5/60
    • PFC Sidney M. Rasnick, Clawson, MI, "A" Company
    • PFC Michael D. Miner, Brownfield, PA, HQ Company with A/5/60

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 09 Jul 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009