Harry T. Kite

Philadelphia Memorial Panel: Panel 16
National Memorial Panel / Row: West 38 / 49
Date of Birth: 31-Jul-1947
Neighborhood: Oxford Circle
High School: George Washington High School
Street: Roosevelt Boulevard
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: PFC
Date of Casualty: 24-Nov-1968
Province of Casualty: Binh Duong
Risking his life was nothing new to Kite. He had been assigned to Engine 29 of the Philadeiphia Fire Department for 14 months be-fore being drafted into the Army in March 1968. The 21-year-old private first class, a ri-fleman, was sent to Vietnam and assigned to Company D of the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Kite became the first Philadelphia firefighter to die in Vietnam when he was killed in a firefight near Saigon on Nov. 24, 1968. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. The son of a deputy fire chief, Kite was a 1965 graduate of George Washington High School and attended Temple University for a year. He was survived by his wife, parents, three brothers and two sisters.