|Birth: ||Jul. 30, 1946|
Concord (Cabarrus County)
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 2, 1972|
Quang Binh, Vietnam
Capt Joe Wofford Eubanks, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Concord, NC.
Captain Joe Wofford Eubanks was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, CPT Eubanks served our country until June 2nd, 1972 in Binh Dinh, South Vietnam. He was 25 years old and was not married.It was reported that Joe died when his helicopter crashed. His body was recovered. CPT Eubanks is on panel 01W, line 034 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
Joe was a graduate of North Carolina Military Academy, Class of 1965.
Joe was killed in "Kontum Province" just south of Kontum City and east of the Rockpile about 250 yds east of QL14.
Seems Like Yesterday: Your Never out of my thoughts Joe even after all these years. Dave Aka Joe Mudd, Dave Millard, Crewchief of 67-17446, 1210 Goode Rd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, email@example.com.
Classmate at The Citadel: Your Spirit Lives. Well buddy, you are sorely missed by your classmates every five years when we get together to tell how great we all are. Your spirit was wonderful. Now that spirit is shared with all who read MY LOSING SEASON by Pat Conroy. Your ever positive attitude, your encouraging exhortations to all of us on the basketball team are immortalized in Pat's book. It took a long time for everyone to gain the privilege of knowing you like your classmates and the athletes you spurred on did. You are encouraging others still. Brian Kennedy, BJK3369@aol.com.
Jeff Farrant, Kindred Spirit: To Joe, my brother on the hardcourt. I hope you knew how much you meant to the guys and how much they miss you. And I hope you know how much we honor your memory.
We graduated from the same high school: Friend Never Forgotten. Joe and I have the same birthday, July 30th. We attended and graduated from the same High School in Concord, NC. I did not realize Joe had died in Vietnam until I went to my grandmothers funeral. While at the cemetary I stumbled upon Joe's grave. Joe was a wonderful friend. God needed him more than we did. Why do some die and some live? I am now 58 years old, served three years in Vietnam with the 3rd and 5th. Special Forces, wounded twice, but lived to tell my story. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you dying and me living. Captain Richard W. Evans, Concord, NC, graduated with Joe from CHS in May 1964. Capt.Richard "Skip" Evans, 4406 Pine Breeze Drive, Kingwood, Tx 77345, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe's father and my grandfather were friends. I too graduated from The Citadel, was commissioned in the Army, and went on to fly Hueys for twenty three years. I have heard about Joe for many years and recall seeing this photo often. When my grandfather died, I found it in his belongings, It seemed like the right thing to do to have it posted here. Even though I never knew him, I hope he knows that he is not forgotten. Kevin Williams, email@example.com.
Joe Eubanks graduated from the Citadel in 1969. I did not know him well, but I remember him, and remember that he was a solid Cadet. Pat Conroy has included him in his latest book, "My Losing Season". Joe Eubanks was a fine American who gave his life for his country. God Bless him, Terry Seay.
A fine officer, one helluva cool-headed pilot--It was a pleasure and an honor to have flown with him. Rodney E. Enko,CW4,USA,Ret, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 2 June 1972 CPT Joe Eubanks was flying right seat with CW2 Bruce Delan as aircraft commander on an ARVN resupply run near Kontum. They came under heavy .51 cal fire that shot out all cyclic control. As they went in, Mr. Delan pulled in all the collective he had and made a hard landing that put the rotor through the windshield in Joe's lap. Joe had no visible injuries, but all attempts to release him failed due to the tangled wreckage and spreading fire. The crew chief and gunner had to drag Bruce away before the A/C exploded. He still suffered burns on his hands and face. CPT Eubanks burned to death in the wreckage and CW2 Delan was medevaced home with burns and a back compression. He later returned to duty stateside and is now flying choppers in Australia.
He served with the 57th Assault Helicopter Company, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade, USARV.
He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal and The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters.
Concord (Cabarrus County)
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17613713
Remembering you, Joe, on Memorial Day 2013. God bless you for your service to our nation.|
Added: May. 27, 2013
A grateful nation gives thanks for your willing sacrifice.|
Robert C. Peurifoy
Added: Jul. 13, 2010
Thank you for your bravery, courage and dedication|
Added: Nov. 23, 2009
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