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is honored on Panel 20W, Line 123 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/14/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Joseph Leonard Hesson III, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Submitted by the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation

    Posted on 7/26/13 - by New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
    If you have any additional information about this hero or are a relative, please contact the Foundation at or 1-800-648-8387.
  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 8/10/12 - by A Marine

    Semper Fi, Marine.

  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/15/11 - by Robert Sage
    Joseph is buried at Arlington Cemetery, Pennsauken,NJ. PH
  • 2 Area Marines Are Killed in Viet Combat

    Posted on 1/2/05 - by Jim McIlhenney
    Photo and article taken from The Philadelphia Inquirer of August 16,1969.
    "A 19-year-old Doylestown (PA) Marine and a 20-year-old Pennsauken, NJ Marine were among U.S. servicemen killed earlier this week in Vietnam combat, it was announced Friday by the Defense Department.
    Killed were PFC Donald L. Elliott, son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Elliott, Regency Woods Apartments, Doylestown, and PFC Joseph L. Hesson 3d, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Hesson Jr., 2233 39th St. Pennsauken.
    Both Marines died Sunday after they were struck by grenade and mortar fragments during fighting in the Quang Tri province near Vandergrift combat base, a spokesman for the Defense Department said.
    PFC Elliott had been in Vietnam two months. PFC Hesson had been there since December 1968. Parents of both Marines said Friday their sons "believed" in what they were doing there.
    PFC Elliott, a motorcycle enthusiast, had planned to study mechanical engineering in college after his discharge. PFC Hesson had studied electronics at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ, before he enlisted in June 1968. He had been hospitalized twice in Vietnam with malaria, his parents said.
    PFC Elliott joined the Marine Corps last September and celebrated his 19th birthday three days before he was killed.
    In addition to his parents, Elliott leaves a sister, Catherine, 21.
    Hesson also is survived by a sister, Dolores, 18, besides his parents.
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