The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Kenyon Elroy Bean, who died in the service of his country on May 19th, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Kenyon was 20 years of age. He was from Williston, North Dakota. Kenyon is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 20E, Line 39.
The decorations earned by PFC Kenyon Elroy Bean include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
Kenyon is buried in the Riverview Cemetery, Williston, ND
(Kenyon's Bronze Star Citation reads in part below. The platoon leader he tried to save, Everrette Johnson, also died.)
"As PFC Bean's platoon advanced, it was fired upon by a Viet Cong force estimated at battalion size. The fire came from a system of strongly fortified bunkers, and was so intense that the platoon could not maneuver. The platoon leader moved forward and attempted to destroy the strongpoints which were holding the platoon in check. As he was returning to his position, he was struck by enemy sniper fire. PFC Bean observed this, and with complete disregard for his personal safety, ran through the hail of sniper fire to the side of the fallen platoon leader. He started to move the wounded man to a more protected position but, in his heroic attempt, was mortally wounded. PFC Bean's inspiring personal bravery and courageous self-sacrifice are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army."