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JOSEPH WALTER LANSKI


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

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  • My brother

    Posted on 7/17/17
    A piece of me died that day when l heard you were gone. Your are my HERO ! I love you and miss so much ! Your little sis Fran
  • Final Mission of PFC Joseph W. Lanski

    Posted on 7/17/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    Operation Dagger Thrust V was the last in a series of amphibious raids on suspected enemy concentration points along South Vietnam's coast in Binh Dinh Province. On December 5, 1965, during the final Dagger Thrust raid, Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, were airlifted from an amphibious assault ship by UH-34 helicopters near the Phu Thu village complex, 40 miles north of Qui Nhon. Their arrival surprised a small North Vietnamese Army force who were in the ville, apparently visiting women there. A significant firefight erupted when the Marines pursued the fleeing NVA. While attempting to place his M60 machine gun on a tripod, LCPL Robert D. Logue suffered a fatal head wound when an enemy round struck him in the left eye. Three other Marines were also killed, including PFC Joseph W. Lanski, LCPL Jackie D. Reynolds, and LCPL Norman J. Spenard, who was hit in the stomach. Another 10 were wounded. The Marines killed 26 enemy and detained 38 suspects. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vvmf.org, “An Analysis of the Special Landing Force during the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1969” by MAJ Edward T. Nevgloski Sr., USMC, and information provided by Roger Kalan and Mike Everts (July 2017)]
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  • 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 ccarter02@earthlink.net
    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
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  • 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.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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