|Birth: ||Oct. 21, 1946|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 1968|
Bin Thang, Vietnam
1LT Kenneth Hosea Albritton, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Fayetteville, NC.
1LT Kenneth Hosea Albritton was a member of the Army Reserve. 1LT Albritton served our country until February 1st, 1968 in Binh Duong, South Vietnam. He was 21 years old and was married. It was reported that Kenneth died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. 1LT Albritton is on panel 36E, line 045 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 2 years.
I went through junior and senior high with Ken and remember hearing of his death in Viet Nam. I have visited his spot on the Wall. He was a good man. Lin Robinson.
So many years, and I can still see your smiling face as we left Ft Benning, full of plans for the future. You are still with me and it still hurts to have lost you. I'll see you in time, my good friend. Buddy Allgood, OCS Classmate, 1966
A Great Brother, Great Person, Great American. I miss you more today brother than ever. Someday we shall fish together again!! I miss you brother. Robert Hy Albritton, 11-11-99 (Veterans Day).
A good frend and army buddy, I still reflect on you and yours a lot. Bob Blake
His citation reads: "For gallantry in action against a hostile force. On this date, Lieutenant Albritton was serving as a platoon leader on a search and destroy operation near the village of Khe Sanh, one kilometer north of Phu Loi. At approximately 1200 hours, he sighted several Viet Cong maneuvering to outflank his company, and Immediately directed his men to prevent their attempt. Suddenly he and his platoon encountered hostile machine-gun, automatic weapons and small arms fire. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Lieutenant Albritton ran from position to position shouting encouragement, adjusting the distribution of firepower, and directing the evacuation of casualties. Realizing additional firepower was necessary, he dashed through the vicious hostile fire to a nearby tracked vehicle mounted with twin-40 millimeter cannons. He then began placing a devastation volume of fire upon the well entrenched enemy and simultaneously ordered his platoon to launch a counterattack.
Throughout the ensuing battle, he constantly remained in his exposed position placing effective fire upon the hostile positions. At the same time he brilliantly co-ordinated the attack and relayed adjustments of artillery fire to his company's forward observer. He continued his devastating fire on the insurgents until mortally wounded in the final moments of the engagement. His exemplary courage and dynamic leadership were directly responsible for the defeat of the enemy force and saved the lives of many of his men. First Lieutenant Albritton's unquestionable valor in close combat against numerically superior hostile forces is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army."
His medals inlcuding the Silver and Bronze Star and Purple Heart, are on display at the Horner Administration Bldg, Methodist College, Fayetteville, North Carolina, and in 1983 a Junior High school on Fort Bragg was named in his honor.
Jon Ham, High school friend, 918 W. Knox St. Durham, NC 27701.
Boyhood friend. Memories of a friend: Kenny was a clean cut, quiet, shy, handsome(all the girls loved him) athletic young boy. The best first baseman in our little league at Fort Campbell, Ky. When his Dad was transferred and Kenny had to move away, we found out how good he really was. I was picked to replace him at first base. (we were the only southpaws on the team) I really missed him because I found out that it was not nearly as easy playing first base as Kenny had made it appear. Why does it seem that the good always die so young? Ken and his brother Emory lived in Corregidor Courts at Ft. Bragg in 1963-64, where I also lived at the time. My fondest memories of Ken are the camaraderie on the bus rides from Fayetteville Senior High School and the touch football games we would play on the field across from the Welcome Center at the Spring Lake entrance to Bragg. He was a warm and friendly person and a natural leader. I remember well the day in 1968 when I learned of his death in a letter from my sister, who still lived in Fayetteville. I have shown Ken's name on the wall to my children and have asked them to be forever grateful for the sacrifice that Ken and so many others made for this country.
The Traveling Wall came to my home town and I didn't have to go to DC to look you up once again. It's been a long time since we saw each other, December 25th, 1967. Take care old friend, you are always in my heart and prayers. Frank Razzagone, Vietnam Buddy, Massapequa Park, NY
Remembrance. I Miss You Often Brother. Although I'm now 50 and was only 11 when you were killed, I miss you more today than even then brother. I often wonder what you'd be doing right now had your life not been taken so prematurely. I think of you often brother and you'll always be my hero! Robert Albritton, 709 Maple Grove Court Hope Mills NC 28348.
He was the husband of Mrs Vickie L Albritton, 3000 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC.
He served with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, "The Big Red One", USARV.
He was awarded The Silver Star Medal, The Bronze Star Medal, The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.
Lafayette Memorial Park
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Feb 08, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17859788