ELMER FRED KEPSEL
Company A 1/22 Infantry
4th Infantry Division
Army - PFC - E3
Date of Birth Nov 9, 1946
From: MT CLEMENS, MI
Religion: LUTHERAN & MISSOURI SYNOD
Marital Status: Single
PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service
4th Infantry Division
MOS: 11B10: Infantryman
Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Oct 17, 1966
Casualty was on Feb 16, 1967
In KONTUM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
Panel 15E - Line 46
Elmer Kepsel was killed in a
battle with NVA forces during Operation Sam Houston,
at grid reference YA598614, approximately 27 kilometers west/northwest of Plei Djereng airfield.
PFC Elmer F. Kepsel's decorations
Elmer A. Kepsel
Army PFC Elmer F. Kepsel, 21, of
22733 Twenty-One Mile road, Mount Clemens, suffered fatal wounds
in Pleiku, South Vietnam. Born in Mount Clemens on Nov. 9, 1946, to Harry F. and Margaret Rocker Kepel,
he was graduated from LAnse Creuse High School in 1965.
On May 4, 1966, he entered
service and was a gunner with the 4th Infantry Division,
Co. A-1-22 Infantry and served four months in South Vietnam.
A member of the Immanuel
Lutheran Church, Waldenburg, is survived by his parents, in Mount
Clemens; two brothers,
Richard, of Utica, and Harry B. and a sister, Cynthia, both living at home.
Funeral services will be at 2
p.m. Saturday in Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. A. H.
Burial will be in Cadillac Memorial Gardens East, Clinton Township.
The body will be at Wil & Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 North Gratiot Avenue, Mount Clemens, until 11 a.m. Saturday
and will then lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
Full military honors will be accorded by Headquarters Battery 3rd Battalion (HERC) 517th Artillery.
The Macomb Daily, Feb. 23, 1967, page 7-A
Elmer Kepsel's grave marker
A GI Dies And A Family Friend Wonders Why
MOUNT CLEMENS A young GI
who felt the war just cant go on much longer
was killed Thursday
by enemy small arms fire in the jungle near Pleiku, South Vietnam.
He was Pfc. Elmer F. Kepsel, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Kepsel, 22733 Twenty one Mile.
Mrs. Kepsel said her sons letters implied that some of the men serving with him just couldnt take it any longer.
During a three-day Christmas leave he slept on a mattress for the first time after two months in the jungle
where he served as a jeep machine gunner with the 4th Infantry.
She said his attitude changed following the February truce period which the Viet Cong reportedly used to build up supplies in the south.
He wrote that the war couldnt go on much longer since it seemed so many of the enemy were being killed.
Kepsel was killed four months to the day after being sent ot Vietnam.
He joined the army last May after a year working at the Pontiac plant.
A 1965 graduate of LAnse Crease High School, he had been a gold Gold Medalist that year.
During high school he had worked at the Burning Tree Golf Course.
The Macomb Daily, Feb. 21, 1967, front page
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