Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 960 by unanimous voice vote to designate the VA community based outpatient clinic in Newark, Ohio as the Daniel L. Kinnard VA Clinic. Congressman Pat Tiberi introduced H.R. 960 on February 12, 2015.
Before passage, Congressman Tiberi honored Specialist Daniel Kinnard on the House floor.
His remarks as prepared for delivery:
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I want to thank Chairman Miller and his committee members for supporting my bill H.R. 960, to designate the VA community based outpatient clinic in Newark, Ohio as the Daniel L. Kinnard VA Clinic.
“Born in Knox County and a resident of Newark, Specialist Daniel Kinnard served bravely as a medic in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, the famed 'Screaming Eagles,' during the Vietnam War.
“On February 17, 1968, he rushed through hostile enemy fire to treat and rescue wounded soldiers. For his bravery and heroism on that day, he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor.
“21 short days later, Specialist Kinnard was killed in action rendering aid to his fellow paratroopers. He was just 18 years old.
“Mr. Speaker, next Monday is Memorial Day—a time we pause to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.
“Today, I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 960 to honor Specialist Kinnard and those who served courageously beside him, and rename this clinic in the twelfth district Ohio town of Newark, Ohio.
“Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I appreciate your leadership and the committee’s work. I yield back the balance of my time.”
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 the U.S. Army’s 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.
Read more in the Newark Advocate.