Kenneth Kuspiel was killed in action on Feb. 1, 1968 while serving in the United States Army infantry. It was the beginning of the “Tet Offensive,” an aggressive and large-scale military campaign initiated by the North Vietnamese against South Vietnam, the United States and their allies.
Kuspiel succumbed to multiple wounds from an exploding land mine in the vicinity of Chu Lai, Vietnam.
Named “one of the best” and “trustworthy” in his senior yearbook, Kuspiel graduated from the Arthur L. Johnson High School in 1964. He was known for his basketball skills, played soccer and ran track. In his senior year, he also served as a sports writer for the “Lance.” Kuspiel went on to study at Farleigh Dickinson University. He left school in 1966 to join the army with his high school buddies.
Kuspiel lived with his family on Elm Street before joining the Army.