Kettner, Alan Arthur, 2ndLt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0301-Basic Infantry Officer
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Primary Unit
1968-1968, 0301, B Co, 1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27)
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Second Lieutenant


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Casualty Info
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Casualty Date
Apr 13, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Paul Lutheran Cemetery - Springfield, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 49E Line 043/Section 2h Site 2089

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1967, The Basic School (Quantico, VA)
 Unit Assignments
1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27)
  1968-1968, 0301, B Co, 1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Hue City
 Colleges Attended
Macalester CollegeUnited States Naval Academy
  1961-1963, Macalester College
  1963-1967, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was my Platoon Commander
You live in Memory.
Hello, Lt. You were hit about a minute and a half before I was. I found your radio and tried to call in some 60mm mortars on the enemy positions I could see, but was hit before the first round landed. We got chopped up pretty badly, Lieutenant. We were caught in a crossfire and pinned by the heavy volume of fire.
Both Hospital Corpsmen were killed. Sgt. Mays, 1st Squadleader, did a good job of getting us reorganized. I'm sure you would have been proud of him that day.
I don't recall seeing the Platoon Guide at all, but heard he survived unhurt.
It must have been difficult for you, to be watching from Heaven's Gate Marine Barracks, as your men fought to live. Most of us made it, but not all. I heard all the men's bodies were recovered, including yours. I was already gone by then, in the hospital in Da Nang.
I wanted you to know you are imprinted in my memory as long as I shall live and breathe. It was an honor serving with you.
Semper Fidelis, Lt. Rest in Peace.
Javier Cascos, Sgt. USMC
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