Service dog a good soldier to Vietnam vet

Ken Howe, 74, grew up on Providence’s East Side. His companion Fiona, 7, was born in Minnesota and grew up in North Dakota. This is the story of how they met, and how their relationship developed.

Ken Howe attended Hope High School and was drafted in March 1968. After basic and infantry training he was sent to Vietnam in September, assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry of the 4th Division.

They operated in the general area of ​​Kontum, in the Central Highlands.

In early March 1969, the 66th Division of the North Vietnamese Army moved into the region, and four infantry companies were inserted to block them.

Alpha Company was badly mauled when it was dropped right into the headquarters of the NVA unit. Howe and his Delta Company mates were ordered to assist their beleaguered comrades.

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