LOCAL SOLDIER HONORED FOR WORK IN VIET NAM
A Gloucester man who served as a gunner aboard a helicopter
in Viet Nam, recently received an Army Commendation Medal
for heroic action in combat.
SP-4 Charles L. Kesterson was awarded his medal in Hawaii in
September and received two Oak Leaf Clusters at the same ceremony.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Kesterson of 3 Hammond St.
Kesterson, known to his friends in Gloucester as Lenny, distinguished
himself in action on Dec. 27th 1964 in the Republic of Viet Nam.
He was a member of a helicopter crew supplying ammunition to a
friendly ground unit pinned down under heavy enemy fire. While
unloading the ammunition, his crew came under fire from hostile
automatic weapons located about 100 meters away.
According to his citation, Kesterson stepped out and assisted the
Vietnamese soldiers in unloading the ammunition in spite of mortar
and small arms fire.
The citation reads:"Private Kesterson's heroic actions were in keeping
with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect great
credit upon himself and the militaary service.
Kesterson enlisted in the Army in December 1963 and received basic
training at Fort Jackson, S.C.
He attended microwave radio repair school for 33 weeks at Fort Knox, KY.Currently he is stataioned in Hawaii. Kesterson was in Viet Nam from Dec. 1st 1964 until March 1965. A graduate of Gloucester High School, he was well known in New England as a guitarist.