Kermit Harold Yoho

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
17 February 1945 - 10 February 1966
Moundsville, West Virginia
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign Kermit H Yoho

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17 Dec 1998

I am interested in hearing from anyone who served with my uncle Kermit Yoho while he was in the Nam. I believe he was the first combat photographer killed in action in Viet Nam.

I am eager to hear from anyone to learn more about my uncle.

Thank you.

Mike Yoho

21 January 2002

My name is Tim Yoho and Kermit was my first cousin. He was an Army combat photographer and may have been the first to die in the war. I am interested in hearing from anyone who served with him. I was in Nam as an advisor (14th Psy War) in 62 and again in 63 and was lucky to miss the waste of life.

Please contact me at

13 Feb 2003


Kermit did not serve with the 25th Division. He was photographing an operation being conducted by that unit and was killed by a misdirected US artillery round. Kermit was on a temporary duty assignment to Vietnam for his unit, the Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO), stationed at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

From a friend who served in the same unit.

29 Mar 2005

Kermit, I just wanted you to know you are loved and missed. My prayers to you and your family. I came across this article in the Tropic Lightning news for 3/4/66:

Photog-Reporter Among Losses

A motion picture photographer for Department of the Army's Special Photographic Team and a reporter for the 25th Inf. Div.. were fatally wounded recently while on operational missions with 2nd Bde.

Sp4 Kermit H. Yoho, of Moundsville, W. Va. was with Company C, 1st Bn, 27th Inf, on a search-and-clear mission February 10, when he was hit by an exploding grenade.

The incident occurred seven days before he was scheduled to return to Hawaii upon completion of his last 90-day assignment in Vietnam. He had been in-country on several other occasions to record action for Department of the Army historical records. He would have been 21 years old the following week.

A photographer with the Moundsville Echo, a daily West Virginia newspaper, before entering the Army, Yoho attended the Army Photographic School at Fort Monmouth, NJ. He had planned to join one of the television networks as a motion picture photographer and resume coverage of the war after being separated from the Army.

He has been awarded the Purple Heart and the Vietnam Service Medal. Additional posthumous awards are still pending.

From a fellow Vietnam Vet,
Denis McDonough
1201 Orange Ave, Dunedin, Fl. 34698

A Note from The Virtual Wall

SP4 Yoho was one of six men killed when C Company, 1/27th Infantry, was engaged about 8 kilometers northwest of Cu Chi on 10 Feb 1966:
  • SFC Teofilo C. Pimentel, Wahiawa, HI
  • SSG Robert S. Andrade, Waimanalo, HI
  • SSG Jose Escamilla, San Antonio, TX
  • SP4 Kermit H. Yoho, Moundsville, WV
  • PFC Alvin Hoskins, Cincinnati, OH
  • PFC M. L. McClellan, Meridian, MS

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