Kenneth Leslie Vanlew was born on January 8, 1942 in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Kenneth started his tour September 25, 1965 with B Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.
Specialist Fourth Kenneth Vanlew was killed in action on July 9, 1966 in Binh Long Province, South Vietnam.
Kenneth's friend, Ross remembers:
"Ken and I grew up together in a small neighbor hood. As kids along with his brother Skip, we played every sport imaginable. Ken of course was the better athlete. We also went through school together. Upon graduation from high school we joined the Marine Corps on the same day. Ken joined the Army upon completion of his Marine service. While we were both in the Marines I did connect with him several times while I was stationed in Philadelphia. I was shocked to hear of his death. I have many fond memories of our childhood together. In May, the American Legion Post (Post 0475) places small American flags for veterans buried in our local cemeteries. I go out of my way to place a flag on Ken's grave."
Kenneth's sister Charlou, posted a remembrance of her brother:
I was so young when you were killed. It is hard to remember you being in my life. I have two sons that are a mirror image of you. Andrew and William. Dad would have been proud to know that William carried on your sports legacy.
You gave your life and made our parents lives forever changed. Daddy was never the same, and I believe it forever tormented him until his death."
Kenneth is buried at the East Brandywine Baptist Cemetery, in Guthriesville, Chester County.