More detail on this person: Keith was born
September 27, 1938 in Pennsylvania. He was a
career soldier, serving first as an Enlisted man
before going to Infantry OCS in 1967. He served
two tours in Vietnam, the first, 1968-1969, as an
advisor to ARVN Infantry and the second, 12/1970 -
12/1971 as Executive Officer and later 2nd Platoon
Leader in the 361st ACE/AWC " Pink Panthers."
His awards and decorations include the DFC, Air
Medal for Valor, Bronze Star for Valor, the Purple
Heart, the Vietnameese Cross of Galantry and
numerous " I been there " medals. He retired as a
Keith was a good leader, excellent combat pilot, accomplished card player, fun loving friend, great storyteller and dispenser of "Panther Piss" in the Stickitt Inn. He attended his first Reunion in Las Vegas and was in DC last year.
Keith was fortunate to have two loving wives, Cinda, who passed away in 2004 and Anne who survives him. He is also survived by several children; Kevin Crisman, William Crisman, Lori Strickland, Matthew Cook, Renee Hogue, James Cook and Megan Best; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Keith loved to tell the story of his first tour in Vietnam where he was wounded while leading his troops in an attack. He was shot in the buttocks. And he wasn't shy at all about showing you the scare if you wanted to see it.
Good guy. The Panthers will miss him.
From: Mike Sheuerman
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