The North Bend Eagle


Visiting the Wall
Ken Kelberlau stands before the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
He served in Vietnam in 1969-1970.

Kelberlau visits memories, lost comrades at Wall

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/15/16

Ken Kelberlau is a 1968 graduate of Dodge High School. Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam from March 1969 to March 1970, 11 months, 28 days.

He served with the 4th Infantry Division, 4th Engineers near Pleiku City in the central part of Vietnam.

As a combat veteran of Vietnam, Kelberlau, 65, went on the first Honor Flight for Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C. organized by Patriotic Productions. There were three planes full of men making the trip.

After a banquet June 5, they were up to catch a 2:30 a.m. flight the next day. The Omaha Fire and Rescue Squad lined the ramp to the planes to help guys who needed assistance.

They arrived in D.C before 7 a.m. to a water salute from airport fire trucks and people waving flags and shaking their hands. The West Point Alumni Glee Club was there too.


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