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JOSEPH MICHAEL TURK


is honored on Panel 45W, Line 46 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • We need a photograph of this Bronze Medal Hero

    Posted on 2/15/17 - by Peggy Case
    Thank you for your bravery, your service and your ultimate sacrifice. As an American, I am grateful for men like you that have fought for our country.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/4/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP5 Joseph Michael Turk, 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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  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/13/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Joseph is buried in Cathedral In The Pines Cem,Tyler, Smith CO,TX. His stone says HHC,506th INF. BSM PH
  • I keep returning to visit you, somehow thinking that it will take me back to our day's at phouc vinh

    Posted on 7/15/03 - by SP/5 Richard Crim
    Yes i do return to your site, especially when i am feeling a little down. I guess that i am living in the past, a past that keep's playing over and over in my mind. I see the same thing's over and over. You all geared up saying your good by's. Smiling and excited because this is what you wanted to do. Your day is fast approaching, another year has gone by. 35 year's, seem's like yesterday to me. I can only imagine what you were thinking about 35 year's ago today. Maybe you had just received a care package from home, or a letter from your mom and dad or girlfreind. I'm sure that there was no idea about what was going to take place 3 week's from now. While i do not want to forget, i just wish that i could blot a little out from time to time. I don't know what if anything i could have done to make thing's different, i only wish that i had gone with you when the call came that day. But i didn't and you did, and there is nothing more that i can say about that. I will continue to check on you, to make sure that you are not alone, and i will never ever forget where and what you stood for. Take care my freind......
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  • You didn't have to volunteer but you did.

    Posted on 12/26/01 - by Sp.5 RICHARD CRIM
    It was sometime in feb.of 1968 and we where all at Phouch Vinh down in the 111 corp. We where very close to Cambodian border but most of us did'nt realize it. We where with the 326th. Med.Bn. just outside a little village called Phouc Vinh. This area was hit especially hard during Tet. A couple of the 506th. units had lost alot of 91b's (medic's). We where the replacement unit for all of the 101st.Abn.Div. infantry unit's. There came a request for a couple of volunteers to go to the unit that had just lost their medic's. Turk was the 1st. person to volunteer. I remember his tall lanky stature complete with east Texas draw standing there ready to go. He wanted to be in the thick of it and he was. He was a very brave trooper as was all troopers of the 101st. Airborne Division. I tried to contact his parent's in Tyler, Texas but was unable to find them. This guy was the kinda guy that would never let you down,as he clearly displayed by giving his life to comfort and save others. "AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY"
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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.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.