Andrew G. Kirchmayer, Captain, U. S. Army
November 1, 1938 - November 18, 1969
Rubbing at the Wall
Andrew G. Kirchmayer, Captain, US Army, was killed in Action
on November 18, 1969, while serving as a battalion advisor to a South Vietnamese Army infantry division. He was
posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart following a firefight with Viet Cong forces near the
town of Cai Lay in Ding Tuong province. He had been awarded the Bronze Star for valor in another battle six weeks
Andy Kirchmayer was truly a remarkable man: a gifted musician, writer, and poet, he possessed a quick wit and great self-confidence. His experience as an enlisted man endeared him to his troops. Following his death, a college scholarship was set up in his name for graduates of Ft. Atkinson High School who had "some potential genius, with a spark of talent and leadership and love for music."
It was Andy's compassion for the Vietnamese people that indirectly led to his death in a hot LZ, overrun by overwhelming Viet Cong forces. Two days previously, Andy had turned down a transfer to Saigon. As reported in his home town paper "He told his superior officers that he could not go because he had a job to do where he was, working with his 'little people', whom he admired so much, and over whom he towered because of his size."
Andy left behind a wife and two children, his parents, brother, and an extended family including all who loved and admired him.
"Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"
Wall Database Information as supplied by The Vietnam Casualty Search Page
Last name: KIRCHMAYER
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Start of Tour: Friday, July 18, 1969
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