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First Name: Anthony

Last Name: Kunz

Birthplace: Fredericksburg, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)



Home of Record: Kerrville, TX
Middle Name: Edmond



Date of Birth: 08 April 1946

Date of Death: 04 May 1967

Rank: Sergeant

Years Served: 1965 - 1967
Anthony Edmond Kunz

   
Engagements:
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)

Biography:

Anthony Edmond Kunz
Sergeant, U.S. Army

Anthony Edmond Kunz was born on 8 April 1946 in Fredericksburg, TX, the son of Walter Henry and Margaret L. Kunz. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on 9 November 1965.

On 4 May 1967, Sergeant Anthony Edmond Kunz was serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in South Vietnam.

On that day, SGT Kunz was the point man with infantry Company C during a search and destroy mission near the Cambodian border. When his unit engaged a Viet Cong force, SGT Kunz moved among his men to position them and direct their fire. He organized his element into a small perimeter and began to locate hostile positions. As he moved about he was wounded in the abdomen, but continued inflicting casualties on the enemy. When the Viet Cong tried to envelop his company, SGT Kunz spotted 3 insurgents moving toward his perimeter to set up a sniper position. He engaged and killed all of them with a burst of rifle fire. As he made his way back to his unit's perimeter, SGT Kunz was fired upon by 2 machine gun emplacements. Still bleeding and in pain from his previous wound, using vines and undergrowth he pulled himself forward to within hand grenade range of the enemy positions. He then got to his feet and threw a grenade that destroyed both hostile weapons. SGT Kunz was mortally wounded in the outburst of enemy fire that followed this courageous act. SGT Kunz's extraordinary heroism, at the cost of his life, earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Purple Heart
Army Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Anthony Edmund Kunz (ASN: US-54374076), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. Sergeant Kunz distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 4 May 1967 while serving as pointman with an infantry company during a search and destroy mission near the Cambodian border. When his unit engaged a Viet Cong force, Sergeant Kunz moved fearlessly from one man to another to position them and direct their fire. He organized his element into a small perimeter and began to locate hostile positions. As he moved about, he received a serious abdominal wound, but continued inflict casualties on the enemy. When the Viet Cong tried to envelop his company, Sergeant Kunz spotted three insurgents moving toward his perimeter to set up a sniper position. He ran to engage them and killed them all with a burst of rifle fire. As he made his way back to his unit's perimeter, Sergeant Kunz was fired upon by two machine gun emplacements. Still bleeding and in pain from his previous wound, he pulled himself forward using vines and undergrowth to within hand grenade range of the enemy positions. He then got to his feet and threw a grenade which destroyed both hostile weapons. Sergeant Kunz was mortally wounded in the tremendous outburst of fire that followed this courageous act. Sergeant Kunz's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 3883 (July 29, 1967)

Honors

The name Anthony E Kunz is located on Panel 19E Line 38 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Burial

Sergeant Anthony Edmond Kunz is buried at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Kerrville, Kerr County, TX, in Block 5.

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