10 May 2013

NMAM: Cpl Kenneth Wayne Eckman

I first read of Cpl Kenneth Wayne Eckman on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial while simply researching Eckmans in general. He was with D CO, 5TH BN, 7TH Calvary, 1ST Cav Div, USARV. He was, at just 19 years of age, KIA.

He enlisted in the Army on 3 May 1967. He was stationed in Germany when he volunteered to go to Vietnam. His tour of Vietnam began on 29 March 1968 and ended in Thua Thien Province on 10 July 1968 after being mortally wounded in battle. He died of a grenade explosion. He is honored on the wall on Panel W52, Line 12.

Born 6 February 1949, he is originally from Philadelphia, PA. There he was born at the Women's Homeopathic Hospital, the son of Joseph P and Mary Jane Steed Eckman. He grew up in Layton, Utah, having graduated from David HS. Eckman, who died young at age 19, was never married. He attended a Baptist Church.

He was interred at the Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch in South Ogden, Utah. According to his obituary, he was survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister, Thomas Lind, Layton, Seaman Joseph E. on duty overseas with USN, Mrs David A (Martha) Crowther, Ogden, grandparents Harvey E Steed, Luray, Va. and Mr and Mrs A. S. Eckman St Cloud Fl.

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