JOSEPH N D'AMBRA
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HONORED ON PANEL 57E, LINE 18 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH NICK D'AMBRA

WALL NAME

JOSEPH N D'AMBRA

PANEL / LINE

57E/18

DATE OF BIRTH

05/10/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

HUA NGHIA

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/09/1968

HOME OF RECORD

FRANKLIN SQUARE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Nassau County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOSEPH NICK D'AMBRA
POSTED ON 3.27.2019
POSTED BY: Sal Julio Rampelli

Happy Days and Joe"s determination to be the best.

Joe is my best friend with alot of heart and love for all. I miss him. My kids know all about you and grandkids too. I never knew what happened until today. Mr. William posted the events that lead to joes death. Love you Joe. See you when God is ready for me.
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POSTED ON 3.25.2019

Attack on FSB Maury I – May 9, 1968

In early May 1968, Batteries B and C (105mm tubes) of 7th Battalion, 11th Artillery, and Battery A (155mm tubes) of 3rd Battalion, 13th Artillery, were occupying FSB Maury I, a 25th Infantry Division artillery fire base six miles south of Cu Chi village in Hau Nghia Province, RVN. Although the base was located in what was probably the best available area, bamboo thickets and wood lines surrounded the clearing. The three field artillery batteries had been arranged in a triangle within the perimeter, with one battery at each point. The 155mm battery was to the west, and the 105mm batteries were to the northeast and southeast. On the night of May 9th, Maury I came under heavy attack. The enemy began his attack at 2:00 AM with an intense mortar and rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) barrage. He launched a diversionary attack against the northeastern and southwestern portions of the perimeter followed by a main attack directed against the western portion of the triangle where the 155mm battery was located less than 200 meters from the tree line. The 155mm battery, between the two 105mm batteries and the attacking enemy, took the brunt of the attack. The RPG fire had a devastating effect on the 155mm howitzers. At 3:30 AM, an attempt was made to move two 105mm howitzers to the southwestern side of the perimeter to aid the medium battery. By this time, only one of the 155mm howitzers was serviceable; of the others, three had been completely destroyed, as had two M548 ammunition vehicles. Flareships and gunships arrived around the same time, and Air Force fighter aircraft by 5:00 AM. At 5:30 AM, a relief element of the 4th Battalion, 23d Infantry (Mechanized), reached the base and battered its way into the beleaguered compound. The attack was finally repulsed. All Beehive ammunition had been expended but, because of the speed and accuracy of the assault against the medium battery, less than 10 rounds of 155mm ammunition had been fired before the destruction of the howitzers. Eighteen Viet Cong were confirmed dead, and friendly losses numbered 15 killed and 66 wounded. The lost Americans included CPL Dwight E. Bozeman, SP5 Michael L. Brewer, SP4 Joseph N. D’Ambra, SSG Excell Ficklin, SGT Timothy M. Hamilton, PFC Rudy Lopez, PFC Marvin H. Martin, 1LT Michael L. Mitchell, PFC Garrett T. O’Connor, SSG Cornealus Pumphrey Jr., SP5 Leo F. Rupert, SGT John M. Schneider, SP4 Reid T. Styers, SP4 Larry L. Tolliver, and PFC Edward Tyler. Five M109 howitzers were destroyed; one serviceable howitzer was later pieced together from two damaged howitzers. Two M548s were destroyed, and one 5-ton truck was severely damaged. Fourteen M16 rifles were either lost or destroyed. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and an article by MG David E. Ott in Field Artillery Journal (May-June 1976)]
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POSTED ON 3.26.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Joseph D'Ambra,
Thank you for your service as an Armor Reconnaissance Specialist. Easter is coming up. Happy Easter. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 3.23.2018
POSTED BY: Sal J. Rampelli

Racing cars

The days we spent fixing cats only to race them. Together we never lost race. You will always be my heart. I named my second son after you and he named his son after you as well. Your name still rings around my family and they love you too. Be still Joe. Miss you and love you Joe. One day we will meet .
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POSTED ON 5.28.2016
POSTED BY: Corinne Passero Basta

Never Forgotten!

Joe, my memories of you will never fade, you were taken from us way too soon and I want to thank you for your service and your sacrifice for our country...You will be remembered, always.
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