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  • Semper Fi Marine.

    Posted on 3/28/14 - by A Marine - Vietnam
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 3/26/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear PFC William Francis Joyce, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you 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. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

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

    Curt Carter (son of Sgt Ardon William Carter, 101st Airborne, February 4, 1966, South Vietnam)

  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/22/11 - by Robert Sage
    William is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Stoughton, Norfolk County, MA.
  • Draft reject dies in Viet Nam

    Posted on 8/13/03 - by Jim McIlhenney
    Draft reject dies in Viet Nam

    STOUGHTON, Mass. (AP)-A young Marine, who met death in Viet Nam, was revealed Thursday as a 4-F draft reject who assumed another man's identity to enter the service.
    Pfc. William F. Joyce, 25, of Stoughton, was killed in action at Quan Lai (sic) after serving in Viet Nam since January.
    But Marine Corps records listed Joyce as Richard J. Preskenis, the name he used when he entered the service in April 1963.
    The bizarre story came to light when a Pfc. Richard J. Preskenis was on a casualty list issued by the Defense Department.
    The real Richard J. Preskenis, 22, a resident of nearby Canton, was shocked at Joyce's deception and was reluctant to discuss the mixup.
    Stoughton and Canton are adjoining suburban residential towns south of Boston.


    Records at the draft board showed that Preskenis was listed as on active duty since April 15, 1963 - the date Joyce joined the Marines.
    At the same draft board, Joyce - even now - is listed as 4-F, with the notation "court record." The classification was made in August 1961, according to the board records.
    However, the Marine Corps in Washington said its records have been changed to show that Joyce actually had been in the service - not Preskenis. The change was made Wednesday night after Mrs. Paul Collins of Brockton, sister of Joyce, informed the Marines the dead man actually was her brother.
    Relatives of both youths refused to talk about the case, but Preskenis' 22-year-old wife said Wednesday they first learned of the masquerade on their wedding day, November 20, 1965.
    She said a newspaper that day carried a story saying "Richard J. Preskenis was accused of attempted rape." She and her husband went to police headquarters and informed police of the name switch.
    Mrs. Preskenis said the charge against Joyce was reduced to assault and he was put on probation. She said Joyce apparently had been home on leave from the Marine Corps when the accusation was made.
    "Richard's brother, John, went to school with Billy," she said, "and they were pretty close for seven years."
    Mrs. Preskenis added that her husband knew Joyce but was not a close friend.
    Preskenis, a sopomore at Bentley School, a Boston business college, has been reclassified 3-A, married with dependents.

    Article appeared in the Daily Intelligencer Journal, the newspaper of Lancaster County, PA, on April 8, 1966.

    Semper Fidelis, Marine!


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