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Killed In Action, Missing In Action, & Died In Service
Kenneth Dean Rynning
SGT Rynning died in Hua Nghia, South Vietnam on 5/14/1968 during the Vietnam War as a member of Alpha Company . The soldier's injury type or status was recorded as 'Other Explosive Device'. Rynning originated from Aurora, Colorado .
On May 14, 1968, at 0720 hours, the battalion(-) started moving north. At 1155 hours, the lead APC for Company A hit an AT mine on Highway 7A, just southwest of Trung Lap. One Bobcat was killed and six were wounded and dusted-off. The APC was a combat loss. At 1530 hours, Company B started receiving small arms, automatic weapons and RPG fire. After an airstrike, Company B started assaulting the contact area. At 1750 hours, the company received two 60mm mortar rounds. By 1800 hours, they overran the contact area, capturing some enemy weapons and finding one VC body. At 1830 hours, the Medic APC from Company A hit a 20 pound mine but only the fuse detonated. At 1855 hours, an APC from Company A detonated an AT mine 3 kilometers northwest of Trung Lap at XT 567238. One Bobcat was killed and three were wounded and dusted-off. The battalion(-) established a night position at XT 565247. On May 15, 1968, the battalion(-), with one platoon from Company A, 2/34th Armor attached, conducted sweeps in the area with light scattered contact. All units closed the battalion forward base. At 2020 hours, the night base area received nine 82mm mortar rounds. Six Bobcats were wounded and dusted-off. Six ambush patrols were established, all within 400 meters of the base perimeter. At 2250 hours, all three of Company B’s APs reported seeing a light moving to the northeast.