Name: Lester Cleo McGinnis II
Rank: Sergeant / Specialist Five
Pay Grade: E5
Home of Record: Kansas City, KS
Birth Date: November 14, 1947
Death Date: October 18, 1968
Cause of Death: "ground casualty gun, small arms fire hostile";
Died in Dinh Tuong at age 20
The body was recovered.
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"Mack" Lester McGinnis
A great guy from Kansas City, always had a big smile on his face and loved talking to the children in Viet Nam. He told me he wanted to get back home and see what married life would be like. He said he believed in God so I am sure we will meet again someday.
Mack and I had several "brotherly" fights, I could easily pin him to the ground but I was no match for his boxing skills.
My maiden name is Cynthia McGinnis. I am Mac's first cousin. My brothers Rick, Greg, and I along with our parents were able to spend some few precious last days with Cleo as we called him. He stayed with us waiting for his deployment date to leave from KCK. I was 9yrs old. My brother was closest to him, we all did not want him to leave. I do also remember his sweet sweet smile. And I know he truley loved all his young cousins. He showed us how to milk the cows, and call them in, and how to swim in the ponds and catch crawdads. He would put his feet in the water and pull his foot out and he'd have crawdads hanging off his toes. He was very brave to us girls. He always had gum in his shirt pocket. And he would hand it out freely too his little cousins. I remember when Cleo had a drinking contest with my brother Rick, to see who could drink the most water! They pumped it straight out of the well (hand pump) and drink it out of the dipper. They took turns and Rick would drink his and Cleo would pretend and toss his out behind him, He loved having good old fashion fun. When Cleo left this earth we truly lost a BIG piece of our puzzle. We will never forget Him.
Thank You for sharing your memories with His family. May God Bless You and Yours Always!