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Lieut Kenneth R Shoemaker, Jr
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Birth: Apr. 2, 1941
Mount Vernon
Jefferson County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 30, 1967, Vietnam

1LT Kenneth R Shoemaker, Vietnam Veteran,resident of Kentucky.

First Lieutenant Kenneth R Shoemaker Jr was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Reserve, 1LT Shoemaker served our country until November 30th, 1967 in Kontum, South Vietnam. He was 26 years old and was married. Kenneth died when his plane crashed. His body was recovered. Kenneth was born on April 2nd, 1941 in Mt.Vernon, Illinois. 1LT Shoemaker is on panel 31E, line 017 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.

Fellow Deacon at Silver Spring Baptist. I am still coming up empty in my search for Kenneth Shoemaker's son and widow. If anyone can locate them for me, please have them contact me. God Bless you and God Bless all those that gave all, for all of us, Amen. Jack Laukhuff, 171 Worthridge Drive, Landisville Pa 17538, dentsinmyhead@comcast.net,

1Lt Kenneth R. Shoemaker Jr, Killed November 30, 1967. His wife lived with his parents in KY so he is listed in KY, Owensboro, KY. Son Kenneth R. Shoemaker III was born 35 days after his father's death. His only child. He lives in Talahena, OK. Kenneth was an "anesthetist." His father is deceased. He has one brother Bobby and one sister Patricia Benson.

Good friend, Even though I did not get to see you for the last time before you passed away in the war, you can always keep in mind that you are still remembered and always will be our hero! You make us feel so great because you showed us so much love during the Vietnam wartime, and now that you are lying in a safe place you don't have to ever worry about anything else or even think about anything you went through anymore, because now it is over with and all you have to do now is just rest and let things flow above you. love always and forever, Jamie Gates.

Fellow soldier: funny, after all these years, to remember someone nearly every time I shave. Ken was the 1st guy I knew who just shaved in the shower without a mirror. I remember he told me: you don't need a mirror, you know where your face is". I still shave in the shower without a mirror. Ken. Thanks. Bob Engel, BobE6931@hotmail.com.

Building 1002, commonly called "The Old Brick Hospital" (because it once was a hospital in the 1940's), at Fort Knox, Kentucky, was dedicated to 1LT Shoemaker on August 9, 1989. I worked in the building at that time and still do. I witnessed the dedication ceremony. Inside the building entrance door, there's a portrait of 1LT Shoemaker and a bronze plaque, which reads: In Memory of
FIRST LIEUTENANT KENNETH R. SHOEMAKER, JR., ARMY NURSE CORPS, 67TH Evacuation Hospital, 55th Medical Group, 44th Medical Brigade, Killed in the Crash of a Military Aircraft 30 November 1967, Republic of Vietnam. Posted by: Donna Moore.

He served with as an Army Anesthesia Nurse with the 67th Evacuation Hospital, 55th Medical Group, 44th Medical Brigade,USARV.

1LT Shoemaker was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation Badge.

 
 
Burial:
Owensboro Memorial Gardens
Owensboro
Daviess County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Shoemaker
 
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jul 31, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55696243
Lieut Kenneth R Shoemaker, Jr
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Thank you for your service, and for being the man and nurse anesthetist you were. Proud to have learned about you, and I will never forget you. Thank you, rest in peace.
- Rainin
 Added: Jul. 5, 2014
As I help plan the Class of 1959 55th reunion from Mt. Vernon Township High School I think of you often and remember the fun times from Bethel into our high school days. RIP dear friend.
- Sue Roberts Prainito
 Added: Mar. 23, 2014
As I research the Vietnam War, and the men and women who fought and sometimes died during their service, I am honored to visit your memorial page, Lieutenant Shoemaker. RIP, Sir.
- Rhonda C. Poynter & Friends
 Added: Aug. 31, 2012
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