Kenneth Lige Fulton

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fultonSpecialist 5 Kenneth Lige Fulton was born on September 7, 1946 to Mr. and Mrs. Lige Fulton, Jr. of Willis, Michigan. Kenneth is a 1964 graduate of Lincoln High School where he was the senior class president and recipient of the Willie Heston Sports Hall of Fame Award as the school's outstanding scholar-athlete. He played football, basketball and track. He attended Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan prior to entering the Army in 1966.


Specialist 5 Fulton began his tour of duty in Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam on February 28, 1967 serving as a Medical Non-commissioned Officer with B Company, 588th Engineering Battalion, 79th Engineering Group, 20th Engineering Brigade. Kenneth was on a convoy in the Mekong Delta when it was ambushed. He was killed on February 15, 1968 as a result of multiple fragmentation wounds.

According to a posting from Jack Engle, "...a plea for help was made and SP5 Fulton answered the call without concern for himself, as he always had for the last year. 'Doc' did not have to be in the position he was in, he could and should have been in the rear until the area was secured. He had less than 15 days before going back to his earthly home, but yet chose to be where his 'duty' was. Instead, he went to his heavenly home. Going to the aid of a fellow soldier in need, he was killed in action."

Kenneth Lige Fulton is survived by his wife, a daughter and his parents. He lived 21 years, 5 months and 8 days. He is resting in Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock, Michigan. Kenneth's name is listed on the Vietnam Memorial in Ypsilanti Township under Ypsilanti. His name also appears on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC on Panel 39E Line 047.

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Jim  Martin
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High School Classmate
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To a friend and fellow Vet
As our class approaches it's 50th. I want Ken to be remembered as a true American hero that will not be forgotten. Rest in peace Brother. Jim Martin USN
Jul 13, 2013

Steve Chandler
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Fellow medic-588th Combat Engineers
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Indianapolis,IN 46229 USA
I served with Kenny as a medic in the 588th Engineers at Tay Ninh. Kenny was the medic who was assigned to be part of a convoy with the 362nd Engineers when they were ambushed by Viet Cong and NVA. Kenny was killed trying to help another soldier who had been wounded in the battle. Another medic Larry Short and I had to identify Kenny at graves registration in Tay Ninh Base Camp after the battle. That memory and sense of loss has stayed with me for these 30+ years. Kenny was very close to his family and often showed us pictures of them. If any of the family members read this I want them to know that he talked of you all the time, and as I recall Kenny was very close to coming home when he was killed. He was "short timing" as we used to say. Kenny died a hero trying to do what he was trained to do, which was to save lives. Unfortunately, he gave his own life trying to help a fallen comrade. May God bless all of you who are related to or served with Kenny in the 588th. I pray that time has healed the wounds we all feel when we loose a loved one. They are never forgotton, but life must go on.
Tuesday, August 17, 1999


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