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  • Date of Birth:3/3/1926
  • Date of Casualty:12/5/1965
  • Home of Record:NASHUA
  • County of Record:HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
  • State:NH
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SSGT
  • Panel/Row: 3E, 129
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN


  • Wall Name:O'NEAL LEGETTE
  • Date of Birth:1/19/1942
  • Date of Casualty:12/5/1965
  • Home of Record:JERSEY CITY
  • County of Record:HUDSON COUNTY
  • State:NJ
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row: 3E, 130
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN


is honored on Panel 3E, Row 129 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 12/5/13 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
    Semper Fi, Marine.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/6/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Joseph Walter Lanski, 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
  • Remembering My Brothers

    Posted on 10/28/13 - by Carol McPhail
    I still remember that day, Monday, Dec. 6th when my parents found out that my younger brother Joe was killed. He joined the Marines with my older brother, Mike. They went through everthing together. Then Mike got shipped over to Vietnam and Joe followed a few months later. It's been 48 years and I still miss him. His brother Mike died in 2005 & suffered from PSTD for 40 years, thinking it should have been him that was killed and not Joe. Joe was a great kid, at times he was a handful for my parents. The older I get the harder the more I miss him and Mike. I often wonder what he would be doing now, probably married with kids. Both will always be in my heart and never forgotten.
  • Remembrance

    Posted on 2/19/13 - by Sandy Bukowski


  • The Philadelphia Inquirer - December 10, 1965

    Posted on 1/31/08 - by Jim McIlhenney

    When Joseph Lanski, of Kensington, was a younger boy he wanted to be a Marine, and so did his big brother, Michael, Jr. Michael, who was four years older, waited a couple of years so he and Joseph could join together. He liked the idea of sort of "taking care" of Joe.
    On Sept. 9, 1964, Joseph Lanski, who had to have his parents permission because he was only 17, and Michael, joined the Marines. They went through Parris Island and were sent to different parts of the world.


    Next Tuesday, the two will return from Vietnam, Michael, now 22, will be escorting the body of his brother, who died Sunday in action at the age of 18. He recently was made a lance corporal.
    Mr. and Mrs. Lanski, who live at 2268 E. Cambria st., Kensington, received a telegram on Monday from the Defense Department telling them of Joseph's death "while engaged in a fire fight against hostile forces as a result of a gunshot wound in the head."
    On Thursday, the Lanski's received two letters from Joseph. They were dated Dec. 3 and 4.


    One of Joe's letters said he was "tired as hell...Just came back from a raid and we will go back for another raid Sunday (Dec. 5) and it will be for a three-day period just like the one we came off."
    Mrs. Lanski asked the Defense Department to let Michael, a private first-class serving as a security guard at Chu Lai Air Base, escort his brother home.
    Their father ia a machinery worker for the ITE Circuit Breaker Co. in Philadelphia. The family has two daughters, Mrs. Carol McPhail, 20 and Frances, 13.
    The Lanski's were among 10 families in the Delaware Valley and nearby communities to receive Defense Department telegrams this week.
    There were 76 telegrams sent throughout the country, bringing the count of American dead in Vietnam since July 1, 1961 to 1432.

    Semper Fidelis, Marine!
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 4/8/05 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary Frye – 1932
  • We Remember

    Posted on 2/15/05 - by Robert Sage
    Joseph is buried at Beverly Nat Cem.
  • Thank you PFC Joseph Walter Lanski

    Posted on 12/5/03 - by Donald Lytle
    Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Joseph Walter Lanski, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

    Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

    Again, thank you PFC Joseph W. Lanski, for a job well done!


  • One of Philadelphia PA's 630 fallen sons.

    Posted on 6/12/03 - by Jim McIlhenney
    Photo and article were taken from the Philadelphia Daily News of October 26, 1987. The special supplement entitled, 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' was published in conjunction with the dedication of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.

    "Lanski was 17 and his older brother, Michael Jr. was 21 when they enlisted in the Marine Corps together in September 1964. They went through basic training at Parris Island, SC, together, but initially were sent to different parts of the world. They later both were assigned to units in Viet Nam, Joseph Lanski to Company G of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He had attended Olney High School, where he was on the track team. The private, a rifleman, died on December 5, 1965. He was 18 years old. In addition to his brother, Lanski was survived by his parents and two sisters. His last letter home from Viet Nam included a poem titled "My Mom and Dad." It concluded:
    But let me just say one last thing, OK?
    Now here's one line I truly didn't rehearse,
    I love my Mom and Dad more than anything in the universe.
    It makes me very proud and glad
    When I say, That's my Mom and Dad."

    Semper Fidelis, Marine!


    Posted on 2/18/03 - by JOHN LENGER
  • Posted on 10/31/02 - by Robert Greer MORE
  • We will Remember you.

    Posted on 6/12/00 - by Vietnam Vets of Second Battalion, First Marines
    Your brothers of Second Battalion, First Marines honor your service and
    your supreme sacrifice. You are one of our heroes. Your comrades of 2/1
    hold you in our hearts and minds forever, Take your warrior's rest for a
    duty well done. Semper Fi, Marine!
  • Posted on 5/30/99 - by good old days on reed street
    joey its been 35 years but ill never forget good old 5th and reed in good old south philly you were one of kind to take punches from the tough guys from 2nd street your buddy jimmy burt

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