|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1943|
|Death: ||Sep. 28, 1967|
Vinh Long, Vietnam
In Memory of ....... EN2 Joseph Tony Musetti, Jr.
*** His DD1330 shows Flat Bronze Marker delivered to - Mount Height Cem., SW Harbor, ME.
*** Joseph has a military stone in his honor at Mount Height Cemetery in Southwest Harbor, Maine. PH
Posted by: Robert Sage
*** FAG Volunteer - There is no record of this burial in an extensive transcription of this cemetery in 1999.
*** Enginman Second Class Musetti was a member of River Sector 51, Commander River Squadron 5. On September 28, 1967, he was the captain of River Patrol Boat #100 on a routine patrol of the Mekong River 5 miles northeast of Vinh Long, South Vietnam. The boat was hit by rocket fire killing Enginman Second Class Musetti and fire consumed the boat. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
*** Patti Leland - I have taken pictures of the memorial for him in the Veterans park in NEH.
Veteran's Memorial Park - Northeast Harbor - Hancock County
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!
JOSEPH TONY MUSETTI, JR. - Navy - EN2 - E5
Date of Birth Jan 17, 1943 - Born in Mount Desert, Maine.
From: HALL QUARRY, ME
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Joseph T. Musetti, Sr., Born Aug. 20, 1910 and Died May 12, 2005 and Mother, Althea B. Musetti, Born May 15, 1915 and Died Oct. 3, 2001, both from Hall Quarry, Main. Older Brother, Rudolph (Ronald or Rudy)Hodgdon Musetti also from Hall Quarry, Maine, Born Nov. 23, 1934 and Died May 31, 2002 - FAG #104760197. Maternal Grandparents: Alonzo Hodgdon and Lotti Robbins Hodgdon. Paternal Grandparents: Amelio and Adele (Chinquante Rossi) Musetti of Giovagallo, Italy.
***** I never knew Joseph but I know he was a great guy. My brother Gil was killed along with him Sept. 28, 1967. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten!!
My brothers friend
Length of service 3 years
His tour began on Sep 28, 1967
Casualty was on Sep 28, 1967
In VINH LONG, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died while missing, GROUND CASUALTY
ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR
Body was not recovered
Panel 27E - Line 25
Other Personnel In Incident: Gilbert J. Graham (missing)
The US Naval Forces Vietnam command history for September 1967 contains this account of the incident:
"During the afternoon of 28 September, PBRs 86 and 100 were investigating sampan traffic in the Cai Coi Canal off of the Mekong River about five miles north of Vinh Long.
While in the process of checking a sampan, PBR 100 was ambushed with a B-40 rocket and small arms fire. The PBRs evaded to the west to clear the ambush site. Four Navy UH-1B armed helicopters scrambled to escort the river boats as they transitted back through the enemy positions to reenter the main river.
Upon approaching the ambush site, a B-40 rocket struck the lead boat, PBR 100, inside the coxswain's flat and exploded. Three U. S. sailors and one Vietnamese policeman were blown over the side from the explosion which started a raging fire aboard the craft.
PBR 100 went out of control and beached on the south side of the river, where it was completely consumed by fire. Meanwhile PBR 86 recovered the three U. S. sailors from the water as the overhead helicopters made attacks into the ambush area to drive any looters away from the stricken PBR.
The Vietnamese policeman could not be found initially but was later recovered in the main river by a passing sampan. Later that evening, Vietnamese Navy RAG units salvaged two .50 caliber machine guns and one gun mount from the demolished boat.
The bodies of Engineman Second Class J. T. MUSETTI, Jr., and Seaman G. J. GRAHAM were not recovered but a survivor's eyewitness account stated that MUSETTI was cremated aboard the boat, and GRAHAM was not seen after the first explosion.
Pending further investigation, both of these men are officially considered missing in action. There were also four sailors wounded in this encounter.
Joseph Antonio Musetti (1910 - 2005)
Althea Blanche Hodgdon Musetti (1915 - 2001)
Rudolph Hodgdon Musetti (1934 - 2003)*
Joseph Tony Musetti (1943 - 1967)
Note: His DD1330 shows Flat Bronze Marker delivered to - Mount Height Cem., SW Harbor, ME.
Mount Height Cemetery
Plot: His DD1330 shows Flat Bronze Marker delivered to - Mount Height Cem., SW Harbor, ME.
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Nov 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61495805