VIETNAM - WEDLOW, KENNETH EDWIN

Wedlow, Kenneth Edwin

VIETNAM - WEDLOW, KENNETH EDWIN
WEDLOW, KENNETH EDWIN

Rank: Private First Class

Unit: L Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 29-Jul-1950

Hometown: Compton, California

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 17-Jun-1969

Start of tour: 27-Nov-1969

Incident date: 10-Mar-1970

Date of casualty: 10-Mar-1970

Age at death: 19

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire.
Kenneth Edwin Wedlow was killed while a gunner on a military vehicle on a military mission when a hostile force was encountered.

Four Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SGT John Patrick Henry
SP4 Don Robert Riley
PFC George Thomas Scarborough
PFC Kenneth Edwin Wedlow

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XU 625 075

Place of interment: Paradise Memorial Park, Santa Fe Springs, California, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 13W 108 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS KENNETH EDWIN WEDLOW
10 MARCH 1970
L TROOP, 3rd SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Private First Class Wedlow distinguished himself by heroism in connection with ground operations against a hostile force on 10 March 1970 while serving as a gunner with Troop L, 3d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date his platoon came under intense enemy fire from a force of North Vietnamese soldiers. He immediately commenced fire with his machine gun, directing suppressive volleys toward the enemy positions. Despite the deadly hail of fire, he continued to assault the entrenched insurgents witn accurate suppressive fire until he was mortally wounded. Private First Class Wedlow’s actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 1417 (5 April 1970)

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