U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) announced that he recently introduced a bill, to honor a fallen service member from Central Ohio by naming Newark’s Community Based Outpatient Clinic in his honor. The bill would officially name the outpatient clinic at 1855 West Main Street in Newark, Ohio the “Daniel L. Kinnard Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic.”
“This young man put his country before himself and made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Congressman Tiberi. “We honor and remember Specialist Daniel L. Kinnard for his sacrifice and his family’s sacrifice by recognizing him in his hometown. Generations to come will know the bravery and heroism of this young man.”
Daniel L. Kinnard was born on October 21, 1949 in Central Ohio. While living in Newark, Kinnard enlisted in the Army at Fort Hayes on November 14, 1966. He served bravely as a medic in the 101st Airborne Division, the famed “Screaming Eagles,” during the Vietnam War. On February 17, 1968, Specialist Kinnard’s unit made contact with enemy positions in a hedgerow and two of the point men were seriously wounded. Without hesitation, Specialist Kinnard rushed through the heavy volume of enemy fire to reach the wounded men. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Specialist Kinnard remained exposed to enemy fire while he treated the wounded men. Specialist Kinnard organized the evacuation under fire after he administered first aid. Specialist Kinnard was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor for his actions that day.
On March 9, 1968, Specialist Daniel Kinnard was killed in action rendering aid to his fellow paratroopers. Specialist Kinnard was awarded the Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar, Parachutist Badge, Combat Medical Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor.
The bill was referred to the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for further consideration.