Kenneth William ClaireCorporal
B CO, 1ST BN, 26TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
08 November 1946 - 25 February 1968
Redwood City, California
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The database page for Kenneth William Claire
Best Friend since grade school ... both of us left for in-country at the same time. Part of me is still there. Ken was the hero along with over 58,000 heros. I still feel guilty that I came home.
Lest We Forget
21 Dec 2007
All gave some, you gave all.
From his best friend.
Highway One, Spine of MemoryBefore you left for Vietnam
you came by
on the motorcycle
to ask if I'd go for one last ride.
We forgot to wear helmets
Only the wind we heard when we left the groves
From a friend.
In memory of you Kenny, I am your sister-in-law that you never met although I feel that I know you. I am compelled to say this in behalf of your brother, he does not like computers.
Your brother Kevin misses you every day of his life. When he learned you would not come home 40 years ago, his life was shattered, his heart ripped from his body, an empty soul, he survives with your memory always with him, the tears never stopped. 40 years later, I too can feel his pain... We both are proud of you and keep your memory alive in us and in our 5 grandchildren, until we meet in heaven...
From his sister in law (married to Kevin Claire 37 years),
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 1/26 Marines Command Chronology for February 1968 contains the following entry:
At 9:15 AM, 25 Feb 3rd Plt, Bravo 1/26, a platoon minus security patrol, was taken under automatic weapons fire and was also receiving grenades fro bunkers and trenches at XD849409. Artillery and mortar fire was called to assist in withdrawal. Support elements moved into position to provide cover by fire. The enemy force was estimated to be a Company of larger. Contact resulted in 24 friendly MIA, 17 friendly WIA, and six friendly KIA.The patrol was about 1 kilometer south of the Khe Sanh Combat base when it came across an NVA observation post. The Marines opened fire on the NVA troops, who withdrew south. The Marines pursued the NVA and in so doing entered an ambush zone. The NVA allowed the Marines to approach within 15 feet before opening fire from concealed bunkers, spider holes and trenchlines. A reaction platoon was sent as reinforcements, but when it attempted to outflank the enemy position the platoon leader realized that his unit was being outflanked and sandwiched between the NVA position and additional enemy troops.
The best the platoon leader could do was to provide covering fire for the remnants of the patrol as they withdrew, bringing out their wounded and six of their dead - but 24 men, most of them known to be dead, could not be brought out. Three of the 24 were able to evade the NVA on their own and made their way back to friendly lines. The 27 Americans who died in the action were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 May 2001
Last updated 05/06/2008