Vietnam: Kenneth Kuspiel, United States Army, SP4, Company C, 46th Infantry, 198th Light Infantry Brigade

Kenneth Kuspiel graduated from ALJ in 1964. Credits: Arthur L. Johnson High School Yearbook
Kenneth Kuspiel died from injuries sustained in a landmine explosion at the outset of the Tet Offensive, near Chu Lai, Vietnam Credits: William Duffy
Ken Kuspiel escorted Barbara Bennett to the Senior Ball.  Bennett was "a very charming and poised young lady," and the queen of the ball. Credits: Arthur L. Johnson High School Yearbook
Kenneth Kuspiel was a varsity basketball player at ALJ. Credits: Arthur L. Johnson High School Yearbook

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.


Clark's Fallen Heroes profiles those 21 soldiers from Clark who died in service to their country. Author William Duffy’s research into Clark’s fallen heroes included such primary sources as United States military records kept at the National Archive, articles and reports from “The Elizabeth Daily Journal,” photographs, letters and, when possible, interviews with family members and friends of the deceased.

Find out more about William Duffy:    One Man’s Quest to Keep Alive the Memory of Clark’s War Dead

The series runs daily through Memorial Day, 2017.  Click for an index of stories. 


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