The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SGT Kenneth Robert Carter, who died in the service of his country on July 31st, 1966 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Kenneth was 31 years of age. He was from Lynn, Massachusetts. Kenneth is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 09E, Line 91.
The decorations earned by SGT Kenneth Robert Carter include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, 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.
From the Lynn Daily Item, August 3, 1966:
A former Lynn soldier who was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart in March, has been killed in action in South Viet Nam.
According to an Army telegram, Infantry Sgt. Kenneth Robert Carter, 31, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert E. Carter, 30 Dexter St., died as a result of gunshot wounds received while on combat operations against a hostile force.
The hero, a veteran of the Korean War, lived with his Japanese wife, Suzuko, and two daughters, Sachi, 11, and Peony, 8, at Schofield Barracks Army post in Hawaii.
Besides the Purple Heart, Sgt. Carter, an Army veteran of 13 years, had also received the Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Meritorious Unit Citation.
Born in Lynn, he lived here until he enlisted in the Army in March, 1953. He attended Harrington Elementary, Cobbet Junior High and English High.
Sgt. Carter served in Korea twice and had been stationed in Japan, Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Riley Kansas, and Fort Campbell, Ky. He was also a member of the Honor Guard at Fort Dix, N.J. He last visited with his parents in Lynn two years ago.
He was assigned to Schofield Barracks and in January, he joined the 25th Infantry Division in Viet Nam. His brother, Army Staff Sgt. Richard H. Carter, a member of the Special Forces, returned to this country from Viet Nam in January. He is now in Germany.
Sgt. Carter also leaves a sister, Mrs. Janet Mazurkiewicz of Lynn.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete. (Buried in Hawaii, Oahu Island)