Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/17/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear Captain Joseph Kerr Bush Jr, sirMORE
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
If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. Joseph Kerr BUSH, JR, USA...who made the ultimate sacrificePosted on 1/31/12 - byIf I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.MORE
We RememberPosted on 2/8/11 - by Robert Sage email@example.comJoseph is buried at Bellwood Memorial Park, Temple, Bell County,TX.
CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR TO THIS MOST HEROIC UNITED STATES ARMY OFFICERPosted on 10/22/07 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM
JOSEPH KERR BUSH JR.
Assistant Army Attaché, Muong Soui, Laos
CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF
THE SILVER STAR
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Joseph Kerr Bush, Jr. (OF-109695), Captain (Artillery), United States Army, for gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Assistant Army Attaché in Muong Soui, Laos, on 10 February 1969. On the morning of that date, the quarters occupied by Captain Bush and his operations sergeant were attacked by an enemy force of 20 North Vietnamese Commandos using grenades, small arms, machine guns, B40 rockets and satchel charges. Captain Bush, realizing that only he and his sergeant were adequately armed to offer protection to the other Americans in the compound and who were without protective cover, quickly decided to establish a defensive position within the compound from which he could suppress enemy fire. Covering each other with protective fire and throwing grenades into the North Vietnamese positions, both attempted to reach the pre-selected position and to draw enemy fire and attention. The sergeant was seriously wounded short of reaching the new position. Captain Bush, without hesitation, attempted single-handedly to attack the enemy raiders, firing as he advanced and killing two of the enemy. It was during this assault that Captain Bush was mortally wounded. The heroism displayed by Captain Bush in giving his life while drawing enemy fire away from his fallen comrade and the other Americans enabled the sergeant to escape. Captain Bush's conspicuous gallantry, exceptional heroism and intrepidity at the cost of his own life are in the highest traditions of the military service, and his gallant actions reflect great credit upon him and upon the United States Army.
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS MOST HEROIC UNITED STATES ARMY OFFICER, A POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE SILVER STAR, WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MOREPosted on 10/14/05 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM
JOSEPH KERR BUSH JR
a graduate of
TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY
who was attached to
UNITED STATES ARMY ELEMENT
JOINT UNITED STATES MILITARY ADVISORY GROUP THAILAND
( JUSMAGTHAI )
served as a
MILITARY ATTACHE and ADVISOR
to the military forces of Laos at Mount Soui
He was lost during an attack by
North Vietnamese Commandos
on 10 February 1969
For his heroic actions on that date he
received a posthumous award of the Silver Star
He was a recipient of the
following military decorations
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS
NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL
REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL
THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL
AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE
2 OCTOBER 2000
A Terrible LossPosted on 1/7/03 - by Grayson L. DavisWhen I think of Joe Bush, it reminds me of what a terrible loss his death really was. Joe was a special person like so many others who gave their lives in the service of their country in that conflict. It is a shame that he missed all of the things that we, the survivors, have enjoyed. Joe would have made a significant contribution in the military or in civilian life.MORE
Remembering A Lost BrotherPosted on 9/3/02 - by Jim Meade MORE
Excerpt from his Last Letter HomePosted on 6/26/01 - by Sylvia Silva"5 Feb'69MORE
Well, baby, it looks like I will have about six new ribbons on my uniform when I come home. Don't worry, old Joseph will be home to his wife and daughter in April as planned even if he has to swim the Pacific."
"Capt. Joseph Kerr Bush, Jr., whose home was in Temple, Texas, was serving as a military attache and adviser to Laotian forces at Moung Soui. He was killed during an attack by NVA commandos on 10 February 1969. For his actions he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. Capt. Bush was 25 years old."
From "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam," edited by Bernard Edelman for the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission.
Bro'sPosted on 12/5/99 - by Walter Weddell firstname.lastname@example.orgJoseph we didn't know each other but we are from the same home town and that makes us Bro's. We went to Nam about the same time and that makes us Bro's. I want to thank you for what you did, and we will never forget you.MORE
The Wall of Faces
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