The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 Kenneth Eugene Schneider, who died in the service of his country on February 11th, 1968 in Quang Tin Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Mortars. At the time of his death Kenneth was 20 years of age. He was from New York, New York. Kenneth is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 38E, Line 80.
The decorations earned by SP4 Kenneth Eugene Schneider 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.
Kenneth spent most his tour with A, 2/35th but had transferred to E, 2/35th at the time of his death.
A native of Staten Island, Kenneth lived in Tottenville and New Brighton before moving to Port Richmond in 1960.He was in the first class to graduate from Monsignor Farrell High School, Oakwood. Kenneth wrote several letters to his local newspaper during his Vietnam tour. He was survived by his mother and sister Patricia.
Kenneth is buried in the Moravian Cemetery, Staten Island, NY Zone H, Grave 230
Bronze Star with "V" Device, HHC 4th Inf Div General Orders 1083
For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Four Schneider distinguished himself while serving as a Mortarman with Company E, 2Battalion, 35th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. On 11 February 1968, the fire base area of Company E came under intense mortar fire. Immediately, Specialist Schneider began returning accurate counter-mortar fire, attempting to eliminate the enemy mortar positions which were causing the fire base to sustain much damage. He continued to expose himself to the hostile in-coming mortar rounds as he sent volley after volley into the enemy positions. But in doing so, Specialist Four Schneider was mortally wounded when a mortar fell near his position. His daring and determination materially aided the Infantrymen in countering the enemy attack. His display of courage and professionalism are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and The United States Army.