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Sgt Kenneth Alric “Kenny” Gore

Sgt Kenneth Alric “Kenny” Gore

Shallotte, Brunswick County, North Carolina, USA
Death 3 Jun 1967 (aged 18)
Tan An, Long An, Vietnam
Burial Shallotte, Brunswick County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Gore
Memorial ID 17642839 · View Source
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Sgt Kenneth Alric Gore, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Shallotte, NC.

SGT Kenneth Alric Gore was casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SGT Gore served our country until June 3rd, 1967 in Hua Nghia, South Vietnam. He was 18 years old and was not married. It was reported that Kenneth died from undetermined causes. His body was recovered. SGT Gore is on panel 21E, line 046 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year.

The Hero I never met: I often think about you and the sacrifice you made. I see you picture every time I go to my grandfather's, your father, house and I wonder who you were and what you were like. I don't know enough and I should. I don't know that I'm could ever be the man you were, even at such a young age. Our family still loves you and we'll never forget you. My children will know about as well, because I'll tell them. Your nephew Owen Jones,, Clayton NC.

Kenny was so young when he left us serving his country on 06-02-67. He had decided early that he wanted to be in the Army and he was determined to serve. He was so young when KIA, but he had a lot of living in his nineteen years. As his oldest brother he is still missed every day. I salute his sacrifice. From his brother, Edward O. Gore, 1032 Amity Rd., Asheboro, NC 27203,

It is with great pride that I submit these short but heart-felt words about my lifelong friend, Kenny Gore (family members and people who knew him called him Kenny). I have known Kenny for as long as I can remember anything. We grew up in the same community, went to the same church, went to 12 years of school together. We laughed together, we worked together (harvesting tobacco), we enjoyed our young years together. When we were in High School, I think it was our Senior year, the USMC recruiter came and talked to our class. Kenny, myself and another friend and class mate of ours talked to him about "The Buddy System" and when he told us that all he could guarantee us being together was Basic Training, we decided not to pursue it.

Right out of High School Kenny joined the Army, Danny (our other friend) joined the Marines and went to Vietnam, he was lucky enough to make it back. I didn't join the USAF until I was almost drafted, I had a "1A" classification, that was in 1969. I was extremely fortunate enough not to have to go to Vietnam. I will always cherish my memories of me and Kenny for the rest of my life. He was a "one of a kind" friend. May the Lord keep and preserve your memory and legacy forever in the mind of your friends and family. A friend and pal forever, Joe Gupton "SHS 1966", I'll see you one day in Heaven, my friend. "PEACE" to all who read this.

Kenny was my brother. He was six years older than me. His death left a big hole in our family that still exists today. I feel like someone's missing during family "get togethers" even now, 38 years later. He was so full of life, always thinking of new ways of getting in trouble. I learned a lot from him, mostly how to stay out of trouble. He was a good kid. My last memory of Kenny was the morning he left for Charlotte with my parents. He hugged me and told me he loved me. That was a very special moment and one I will always cherish because he had never told me that before. Often I think of what our lives would be like if he still was with us. Kenny would have been a good husband and father. Sometimes when I look at my two sons I see that little mischievous look in them that reminds me of their uncle that they never had the privilege to know. They could have been best buddies. I thank him for his sacrifice and will always keep him in my heart and know that we will be together again one day. From his sister, Barbara Gore Varnam,

The current war in Iraq brings back memories of Vietnam, and of course our classmate, Kenny Gore. Kenny was not afraid to go to Vietnam, and I can remember his conversation with some of the other boys in Mrs. Hazel Williams' room, our English class, at the end of our senior year. Some were saying he should not go, but he was saying he would go and get his over with, and they would still have theirs to do. He sat near the back in Algebra class, and gave Edna Russ a hard time. I remember him clowning around always, named "wittiest" in the senior superlatives, and I remember him in his cap and gown on graduation day, still clowning around, as we prepared to march in the old auditorium of Shallotte High School. We were the class of 1966. It was probably the last time I ever saw him. In May 2003, we held a Memorial Day Service as part of Celebrate Shallotte. In front of our old fourth grade building, Sunnyside, now on the old SHS site, we remembered Kenny with a wreath laying at the flag pole. Captain Ronald Stick Hewett, USN Retired, also a classmate, spoke of Kenny's friendship and bravery, and was assisted with the wreath-laying by Kenny's own nephew, from West Brunswick's JROTC, who reminded us all so much of Kenny. Sitting by Stick on the bleachers that day, in those familiar surroundings, we drifted back to high school days, and it was hard to imagine that it had been 37 years to the day since we had seen Kenny, in that very spot. He was very much alive in our memories that day as he is every day. Barbara Skipper Stanley, SHS Class of 1966, Shallotte, NC,

Kenny was raised in rural southeastern North Carolina. He had a great love for his family and the outdoors. Kenny was five years my elder but always treated me as an equal. I was raised about a mile from Kenny on a dirt road and my closest neighbors were his grandfather and grandmother. One summer day when I was about twelve years old I saw Kenny walking toward me from his grandparents' home. As he approached, he was wearing cut-off jeans, a t-shirt and work boots. He was carrying a machete. When he saw me, we started a conversation and he told me that he was going to cut bean poles for his granddad, Mr. Tom. I saw a possible opportunity to get to tag along, and Kenny being the perceptive guy that he was quickly picked up on my intentions and asked if I wanted to go with him. Great! I yelled to my mom that I was going with Kenny and off we went. The area where the sassafras grew that were to be used for the poles was very sandy and covered with cactus and good old southern sandspurs. As Kenny started cutting his carefully selected poles I came to a rather quick and pointed revelation. I was barefooted. In my haste I had forgotten to go and put on shoes. I could go no further. Kenny started to laugh and said that we would get through it. To keep me with him, Kenny had me ride him piggy-back from one clear spot to another until he had finished cutting and stacking the poles. When we got back to my house I told him good-bye, thanked him, and we parted.
It was not until the day that Kenny was laid to rest that I fully realized the importance of that summer afternoon. We all either carry or are being carried at some point in our lives. Kenny Gore's memory will carry always in the hearts of all who knew him. From a friend, Don O. Stanley, 1933 Whiteville Road NW, Ash, NC 28420,

I was born several years after your death, but I always enjoy the stories my dad shares about the two of you. Dad told me you guys really got crazy when you were in high school. I know I would have enjoyed meeting you. I met your parents when I was a kid and I was instantly impressed with your mom and dad. Thank you for your sacrifice. From the son of a childhood friend, Terry Blackburn, Andrew Blackburn,

A Company, 1/27 Infantry, lost eight men on 03 June 1967: SGT Kenneth A. Gore, Shallotte, NC, was one of them. The 17 July 1967 issue of the 25th Infantry Division's newspaper, Tropic Lightning News, carried information about recent decorations. Among others were the following entries: BRONZE STAR (VALOR), SP4 Kenneth A. Gore, Co A, 1st Bn, 27th Inf, BRONZE STAR (MERIT), SP4 Kenneth A. Gore, Co A, 1st Bn, 27th Inf. Tammy Gore Cully, 1580 Goose Creek Rd SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469,

What a beautiful brother you were. Always smiling and those blue eyes just twinkled. You had a way with people, making them feel special. Everyone that knew you loved you. It has been over 36 years since you left us and we will never forget you. I still have people tell me what a wonderful caring guy you were. Just the other day a new friend told me that you were her first date. She commented on what a polite sweet person you were. I was only seven when you left us but I will never forget you. I know that you loved us all but you had to go. You really believed that it was your duty and willingly volunteered to go. Even in your letters one could tell that you wanted to be there helping others. All of us are still proud of you. For us you represent the essence of a hero. I thank you for your sacrifice and for caring for God's people. I will never forget that freedom comes with a price and you gave the ultimate. I hope that when your friends think of you they remember what you did for your country and try to make the world a better place. I love you, Bro, Your little sis...Tammy.

To anyone whose loved one was a part of this group of eight, You must never forget the love these men had for their country. They believed in freedom and were trying to help those who could not help themselves. Every time you help another person you are exuding their essence of love for your fellow man. I would love to find out a bit about these heros. One way is to make a web page for them. People do read them and it is an easy way honor them. If you are interested in talking about your family member please contact me. We might find out we have had a lot in common. PEACE ALWAYS, From his sister, Tammy Gore Cully, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

Last month I traveled to Vietnam with a group of people for a medical mission. It was so heartwarming to meet the Vietnamese people. They are so humble and kind. This trip gave me closure on a long journey of sorrow. I have lived most of my life wondering why my brother was killed in this foreign land... Why he chose to volunteer to go there. Was there anything good that came out of this war? I found the answer. Kenny believed in GOD and His love for all people. He also believed at a young age that freedom is a precious thing. He believed that he was fighting a war to help GOD'S people be free... Free to worship, free to speak, free to live their lives in peace. If he died with that vision he was doing GOD'S work. That is the greatest legacy that a person can leave.

It was not meant to be that they would have their freedom at that time. Now, 38 years later, the people of Vietnam are just at a crossroad. Two-thirds of the population were born since 1975. They are young and hungry for the word. I had a wonderful opportunity to be in country for 14 days see this for myself. I believe that even though we did not "win" the war, we left an impact on the people. Even today they are so interested in America. I feel that the greatest thing that we can do in our lost one's memory is to help these people. Maybe one day they can say that they have FREEDOM. His sister, Tammy G Cully,

Loving Tribute to an American Hero: Kenny was my cousin and as a little girl, I remember standing by my father when you came to our grandmother's house and said you had enlisted. You were so excited to be going into the infantry. I didn't know what that was but my father tried so hard to talk you into considering another area of service. You were strong and handsome and full of joy. Today, I am a middle-aged lady and you are still that handsome young soldier who has remained a figure of honor and pride in our family. Missy Stanley Rorrer, 2107 Shore Pointe, League City, TX 77573,

You are not forgotten: Although I never knew you I too served in the Hell of Viet Nam. I am glad to let you know that your sisters have survived your loss and are well thanks to the sacrifice you made. Dannie Sheffield, 212 Wedgewood Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99701.

Kenny, our brother, so full of life and laughter.We all will remember you with a smile that was endless and your love for your fellow mankind. You gave the ultimate and WE WILL NEVER FORGET.Your sacrifice has made a lasting impact on the way we six live our lives..we all appreciate our freedom.Some of us are following in your footsteps to help our fellow man.Thanks for being such a beautiful person.I am proud to say that I am your sister. Love you forever, Tammy Gore Cully, sister,

You never knew me; I was born after you died. But I know about you. You are my mother's cousin. I found your name on the Vietnam Memorial when I visited Washington, DC. Mama saved a local newspaper article published a few years after your death, showing a facsimile of the last letter you wrote home. I've seen your picture. My nose is a little off-center, just like yours. You are loved and remembered by your whole family. Melanie Willis.

Kenny, you did your duty. No one can ask for more. You served and suffered and died in honorable service just as other members of our families have done in every conflict from the Revolution through to the Vietnam era. With God's mercy maybe there won't be another to take our grand children and their grand chilldren. In all honesty we know that this is unlikely. If and when the call comes again, be it soon or late, I have the proud and certain knowledge that future members of our families will not hesitate to answer. I remember the last time I saw you. You told me that you were enlisting for the Infantry and I begged you to reconsider. I had just learned where you were and had made arrangements with a chopper pilot to take me up to where you were serving, when I heard from home that you had made the ultimate sacrifice. Well, your dear Mother is with you now, along with a lot more of your kinsmen. We are all very proud of you. Your name on the wall does us honor beyond comprehension. God bless you. Thomas L. Stanley Sr. EN2, USN and retired construction engineer. Thomas L. Stanley Sr.

He served with Alpha Company, 1st Bttalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, "Wolfhounds", 25th Infantry Division, "Tropic Lightning", USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster with "V" Device for Valor in Action and for Meritorius Service. 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 Army Good Conduct Medal.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 17642839
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Kenneth Alric “Kenny” Gore (2 Jul 1948–3 Jun 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17642839, citing Jennies Branch Baptist Church Cemetery, Shallotte, Brunswick County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .