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PFC Walter Joseph “Jo” Wetzel, Jr

PFC Walter Joseph “Jo” Wetzel, Jr

Birth
Howard Beach, Queens County, New York, USA
Death 29 May 1966 (aged 21)
Vietnam
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot 6, 12165A
Memorial ID 2600523 · View Source
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Home of Record: Howard Beach, NY
Date of birth: 09/16/1944

MILITARY DATA
Service: Army of the United States
Grade at loss: E3
Rank: Private First Class
ID No: 51561616
MOS: 11B10: Infantryman
Length Service: 00
Unit: A CO, 1ST BN, 35TH INFANTRY, 25TH INF DIV, USARV

CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: 05/08/1966
Incident Date: 05/29/1966
Casualty Date: 05/29/1966
Age at Loss: 21
Location: Pleiku Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

ON THE WALL Panel 07E Line 124

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Notes from The Wall:

A Company, 1/35th Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 25th Inf Division.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
www.cacti35th.org
Posted by: Ben Youmans
Email:
Relationship: CACTI BROTHERS
Tuesday, July 31, 2001


PFC Walter J. Wetzel,
Killed May 29, 1966, Pleiku Province,
Panel 7E, Row 124
Posted by: Walter J. Wetzel
Email:
Relationship: He is my son
Saturday, November 10, 2001


Remembering YOU on this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Rest in peace Walter.
Posted by: A grateful American
Email:
Relationship:
Saturday, May 29, 2004


Joe Daly
cousin
'They grow not old, as we who remain grow old, age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, at the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we shall remember them. We shall remember them.'
Nov 12, 2010


Joe Daly
Cousin
I was still stationed at Fort Lee when my mother called and gave me the news. She was devastated. It seems like yesterday. Rest well Joe ... we miss you
Nov 11, 2009


manny g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
"You are Remembered"
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother". Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!

May 29, 2008


Garnet Jenkins
Grand Junction Co.
In Tribute to a Fallen Hero

In Remembrance of this Young Soldier, with a Multitude of Thanks for his Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom. Rest well Pfc Walter Joseph Wetzel and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I am the sister of such a young hero, who made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam 1967.....
...now arises from hallowed ground a delicate cloud of bugle notes that softly say, go to sleep...Comrades true, born anew, peace to you. Your souls shall be where the heroes are and your memories shine like the morning star...Slumber well where the shells screamed and fell...The danger has passed, and now at last, go to sleep... By ~ Sgt Joyce Kilmer,
May 29, 2007


MARCOS CADRIEL
MARCSOLDLADY@YAHOO.COM
SQUAD BUDDY
8633 W. IRONWOOD DR. PEORIA AZ 85345 USA
SQUAD MEMBER
I KNEW WALTER FOR A SHORT TIME IN VIETNAM, HE WAS ONLY THERE FOR 21 DAYS WHEN HE WAS KILLED IN A FIREFIGHT. I WAS WITH HIM WHEN HE WAS KILLED IN THE FIREFIGHT. HE IS A HERO OF MINE AND HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.IF THERE ARE ANY FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT ME, I'D BE GLAD TO TALK TO THEM. WE WERE SQUAD MEMBERS.
May 15, 2007


Kevin McClean
kmcc29@aol.com
friend
Joe - we knew him by his middle name - was a good athlete and had a great humor about him. He played basketball with us at the St. Francis de Sales school yard in Belle Harbor, NY and football at Far Rockaway H.S. Joe was the first of several friends I lost in Nam and he was on my mind frequently when I served there. As with all others, he was too young to have died. Our prayers are with him.
Friday, June 01, 2001


DOUG SNYDER
C2555D@VERIZON.NET
FELLOW 25TH INF. DIV. BROTHER
2555 MIDDLE WAY
EASTON, PA 18040 USA
NOT FORGOTTEN HERO
TODAY IS YOUR DAY TO BE REMEMBERED. I DON'T NEED A DAY LIKE THIS AS ALL YOU HEROES ARE IN MY HEART AND MIND EVERYDAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFCE. DOUG
Monday, May 29, 2006

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"The hundreds of people who participated in the parade and watched the marchers stressed how important it was to remember that Memorial Day was not just a time to spend at the shore or eat some hot dogs and hamburgers.

"There's no beach for us," said Judy Wetzel, whose oldest brother, Walter Wetzel, was killed in action in Pleiku, Vietnam on May 29, 1966 when he was a 21-year-old serving in the U.S. Army. "You don't forget. You never forget. Every day is Memorial Day for us."

Walter Wetzel was born on Sept. 16, 1944 and grew up in Howard Beach. An avid athlete, he attended Our Lady of Grace Grammar School and St. John's Preparatory High School. He was the oldest of seven children, two of whom he never met.

After his death, Wetzel was posthumously honored with the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal for heroism."

Excerpt taken from:
The Queens Chronicle
Thursday, June 2, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 5:41 pm, Thu Jun 9, 2011.
Written by Anna Gustafson, Editor

Additionally:
A Memorial Park, the Walter Wetzel Triangle at the corner of Cohancy Street and 159th Avenue, is located in Howard Beach N.Y.

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  • Maintained by: Karen Hopkins
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2600523
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Walter Joseph “Jo” Wetzel, Jr (16 Sep 1944–29 May 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2600523, citing Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Karen Hopkins (contributor 47281711) .