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Kenneth Michael Kays



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Maple Hill Cemetery

Born:  September 22, 1949 at Mount Vernon, IL

Entered Service in the US Army from Fairfield, IL

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism May 07, 1970 at Thua Thien Province, Vietnam

Died:  November 25, 1991 at the age of 42

A heavily armed force of enemy sappers and infantrymen assaulted Private First Class Kay's night defensive position, wounding and killing a number of its members. Disregarding the intense enemy fire and ground assault, PFC Kays began moving toward the perimeter to assist his fallen comrades. He became the target of concentrated enemy fire and explosive charges, one of which severed the lower portion of his left leg. After applying a tourniquet to his leg, he moved to the fire-swept perimeter, administered medical aid to one of the wounded, and helped move him to an area of relative safety. Despite his severe wound and excruciating pain, he returned to the perimeter in search of other wounded men. He treated another wounded comrade, and, using his own body as a shield against enemy bullets and fragments, moved him to safety. Although weakened from a great loss of blood, he resumed his heroic lifesaving efforts by moving beyond the company's perimeter into enemy held territory to treat a wounded American lying there. Only after his fellow wounded soldiers had been treated and evacuated did he allow his own wounds to be treated. His courageous acts resulted in the saving of numerous lives and inspired others in his company to repel the enemy.



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