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is honored on Panel 25E, Line 66 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Cousin

    Posted on 6/22/16 - by Diana Rice Mann
    I remember Joe while growing up in Oregon. We called him Little Joe because his dad's name was Joe. I remember him sitting up in our grandpa's apple tree with my oldest brother and then the two of them getting my youngest brother to eat a rotten apple. A bit of mischief:-).
  • FFA

    Posted on 12/4/15 - by JT
    I remember Joe from high school and FFA, nice guy, RIP, troop.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/29/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Joseph Leon Whitaker 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
  • Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-10018

    Posted on 12/6/12 - by

    At midday on August 29, 1967 U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-10018 was on a mission to recover a downed ship. Flying in bad weather near Blackhorse Base Camp, the helicopter entered a cloud bank and contact was lost the aircraft. A search was conducted. It was later determined that the aircraft crashed, killing six occupants on board including aircraft commander 1LT David C. Hall, pilot 1LT Sharel E. Bales, crew chief SP4 Peter S. Martinez, gunner SP4 Joesph L. Whitaker Jr. and passenger SGT Louis C. Muser II. [Taken from]

  • Never forgotten Joe

    Posted on 8/14/12 - by Bob Ferguson

    Joe was a brilliant photographer. He sometimes took me home from playing army after school with his brother Jim on the back of a Honda 50. He was a stand out kind person with a good heart who is etched in my memory growing up in The Dalles , Oregon.

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