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is honored on Panel 28W, Line 93 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Nearing 50 years

    Posted on 8/13/18 - by Gary
    Gary again think of you very often your fellow squad leader named his son after you we will be with you soon the world is much different joe very few aunt vita/bessies if you have the ability/power help.
    me fight the good fight in my remaining years your friends and family miss you very much we love you
  • Joe's Smile

    Posted on 4/5/16 - by Tom Haynes
    I've always thought of you Joe. We met has fellow draftees 1 Aug 68. Our service numbers differed only in their last digit: mine ended in 5, yours ended in 6. We were fellow squad leaders in D-17-5 at Fort Knox. We wrote letters. Our BCT drill instructor SSgt. Edward Ball and I consoled each other upon learning of your death. I touch our flag above our entryway every morning and say your name. I named our son after his grandfathers and you. His name is Richard Emmanuel Joseph. He has a beautiful smile. Like you.
  • mixed

    Posted on 10/4/15 - by gary
    Joe was my confirmation sponsor. I hope he now resides in gods loving arms.lthink of him often. I hope he can pray for me to be strong obedient and wise.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/3/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Joseph James Polasek Jr, 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
  • Halloween in Plainwell

    Posted on 9/22/10 - by Scott
    Your friends had so many eggs. We were on top of some gas station. A magical night... think you and another friend were caught. Next day you had to help scrub down the cop cars.

    We laughed a lot about that. Then you go and get killed in Vietnam.

    It was just a few months earlier that you and buddies visited us in WMU dorm. God, we were young and naive.

    Some of us were drafted after you.
    We were lucky. You deserved better!
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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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