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HARRY TURNER KITE
 

Rob  Pearce
Marine Sgt Nam 66'67'
Remembering a fellow Pa Vet on the date of his loss. Rest In peace.
Nov 24, 2014


Dane  Piper
pipervet@frontier.com
buddy, infantry AIT, Ft McClelland,
305 E Terhune St Viroqua Wi 54665 USA
An excellent man
I trained with Harry at the Ft Mclellan Infantry training facility known as 'Tigerland', May, June and July of 1968. He went to Viet Nam and I went to Jump School at Ft. Benning, but we kept in touch by mail. I remember him good-hearted, quiet, cheerful young man who was mainly concerned with getting home to his fiance. He always did his duty with good humor, and his personal behavior was beyond reproach. I found out he was killed in action when I got a letter returned at the end of November 68', and later saw his name on the casualty list in the Army Times. A friend of mine got a tracing of his name from the Viet Nam memorial a few years back, and I look at it often, sorry for his loss and grateful that I got a chance at a good life. I hope his family got some comfort from the fact that he sacrificed himself for a buddy, but their loss has to be devastating. I certainly won't forget him. Dane G Piper DVM
Oct 2, 2012


Gary  Kite
gkite@bellsouth.net
No known relation
1277 Highway 26 West Poplarville MS 39470 USA
Thanks to a Fellow Kite and Vietnam Veteran
Aithough I never knew PFC Kite, I want to honor and express my thanks to a member of the Kite name and a fellow Vietnam Veteran. Thanks to you and your family for service to our country. You are a true American hero.
Feb 18, 2012


Marc Anshutz
Squad Leader Co D 1/27 Wolfhounds
Owings Mills MD 21117 USA
Harry was the first member of my squad to be killed.
He was killed trying to save another wounded friend.
I have visited his name on the wall many times. He
will not be forgotten.
May 27, 2007


Manuel Pino Bco 2/8th 1st Cav 68-69
mpjr54@msn.com
Fellow Vietnam Army Vet

D/1/27th Inf Rgt 25th Inf Div
Jan 25, 2007


Jack Newell
jackson97@comcast.net


Saturday, December 12, 2003


Jack Newell
jackson97@comcast.net


Saturday, December 12, 2003


Jack Newell
jackson97@comcast.net
Brother Viet Vet
Risking his life was nothing new to Kite. He had been assigned to Engine 29 of the Philadelphia Fire Department for 14 months before being drafted into the Army in March 1968. The 21-year-old private first class, a rifleman, was sent to Vietnam and assigned to Company D of the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Kite became the first Philadelphia firefighter to die in Vietnam when he was killed in a firefight near Saigon on November 24, 1968. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. The son of a deputy fire chief, Kite was a 1965 graduate of George Washington High School and attended Temple University for a year. He was survived by his wife, parents, three brothers and two sisters. Harry lived on Roosevelt Boulevard, in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia. Source: Philadelphia Daily News 10/26/1987
Saturday, December 13, 2003


Eugene Klich
Chicago, Il
God bless this American hero.
Sunday, August 10, 2003


Jim McIlhenney
christianamacks@comcast.net
Native Philadelphian & Viet Vet
3 Area Men Die in Vietnam
Following article taken in part from The Philadelphia Inquirer of November 30, 1968. The three men mentioned are Sp/4 Raymond Ahern Jr. and PFC's Stephen F. Selgrade and Harry T. Kite Jr. Pfc. Harry Kite Jr., 21, of 4708 Roosevelt blvd. Pfc. Kite and his wife Barbara, 20, were married four months ago while he was on leave before going to Vietnam. He was a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department attached to Engine 29 at 4th and Girard Ave. ONE OF 15 KILLED Pfc. Kite was a member of the 25th "Wolfhound" Division. He was killed in a fire fight outside of Saigon on Sunday along with 14 others in his division. In his last letter home, which his wife received on November 20, he said quite a few of his buddies had been killed. Pfc. Kite was graduated from George Washington High School in 1965. He took some courses at Temple University and joined the Fire Department on January 10, 1967. He was drafted on March 12, 1968. He leaves his parents three sisters, Shella, 17, Kathleen, 13, and Elisia, 5, and two brothers, Michael, 19, and Stephen, 11.
Sunday, December 29, 2002

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