February 7 Thomas Kinsman Medal of Honor

Thomas Kingsman, serving with the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam, earned the Medal of Honor when he blocked a grenade blast with his body to save the lives of his buddies. He survived the blast. Honor and remember him!

Kinsman and eight other soldiers had been separated from the rest of their company when a VC grenade landed in their midst. “To warn the others, Private First Class Kinsman yelled “grenade” and leapt on the grenade. He received serious wounds to the chest and head. He spent more than four months at Madigan Army Hospital, Fort Lewis, for surgeries.” https://www.historylink.org/File/11042

Kingsman was taking part in Operation Coronado X and was working to eject the Viet Cong from Vinh Long, Vietnam. 1200 VC had attacked Vinh Long on January 31 as part of the Tet Offensive. Five Americans were lost in this combat sequence, between February 2-6, 1968, which destroyed the VC in the area, killing 138 of the enemy.

President Nixon presented the Medal of Honor to Kinsman on May 17, 1969. After the War, he returned to Washington state, farmed, and raised seven children, asking in 2017. Honor and remember Thomas Kinsman!