Thomas Kinsman passes

| May 19, 2017

Stars & Stripes reports on the passing of Thomas Kinsman at the age of 72 years. He earned the Medal of Honor on February 6, 1968 in Vinh Long, Republic of Vietnam wile he was a rifleman assigned to Company B, 3d Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, according to his citation at Military Times;

As Specialist Fourth Class Kinsman’s company was proceeding up a narrow canal in armored troops carriers, it came under sudden and intense rocket, automatic weapons and small-arms fire from a well entrenched Viet Cong force. The company immediately beached and began assaulting the enemy bunker complex. Hampered by exceedingly dense undergrowth which limited visibility to ten meters, a group of eight men became cut off from the main body of the company. As they were moving through heavy enemy fire to effect a link-up, an enemy soldier in a concealed position hurled a grenade into their midst. Specialist Fourth Class Kinsman immediately alerted his comrades of the danger, then unhesitatingly threw himself on the grenade and blocked the explosion with his body. As a result of his courageous action, he received severe head and chest wounds. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his personal safety and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, Specialist Fourth Class Kinsman averted loss of life and injury to the other seven men of his element.

Category: Real Soldiers

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  1. Graybeard says:

    Another hero goes to his eternal reward. God’s peace to you, soldier.

  2. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    RIP Thomas Kinsman… and thank you for your service.

  3. Jay says:

    About 15 years ago, I received a book for Christmas that had the profiles of almost all the living Medal of Honor recipients in it. It’s a shame, over the past 15 years about 40-60 of them have passed on. We are slowly losing our heroes.

    • desert says:

      There are more coming up! We just haven’t heard of them yet!!

    • Heart of TEXAS (PSG, Ret.) says:

      We are losing our heroes, but there are more future heroes out there who just don’t know it yet.

  4. Green Thumb says:

    Rest well.

  5. Ex-PH2 says:

    May the road ahead rise to meet you and the wind be always at your back, Mr. Kinsman.

  6. HMC Ret says:

    “As a result of his courageous action, he received severe head and chest wounds.”

    I pray his was a ‘normal’ life after sustaining such wounds.

    Thank you for your service, Sir. I am humbled by men and women such as you.

    • Herbert J Messkit says:

      Stars and Stripes article says he returned to work as a LOGGER after his service. I guess he took some Motrin and walked it off.

  7. Sparks says:

    God rest you in well deserved peace Mr. Kinsman.

  8. Thunderstixx says:

    Unbelievable that he survived it.
    And I thought I had a good Guardian Angel…

  9. USAFRetired says:

    May has been quite a month. Leo Thorsness, Wilburn Ross, and now Thomas Kinsman.

    It calls to mind a quote attributed to another warrior George S Patton.

    “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

  10. Michael McCullough says:

    May you rest in peace Specialist Kinsman, and be comforted with eternal love from our father in heaven.