JOSEPH L BEDOLLA
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HONORED ON PANEL 35E, LINE 30 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH LOPEZ BEDOLLA

WALL NAME

JOSEPH L BEDOLLA

PANEL / LINE

35E/30

DATE OF BIRTH

03/04/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PLEIKU

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/25/1968

HOME OF RECORD

GILROY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Santa Clara County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOSEPH LOPEZ BEDOLLA
POSTED ON 3.4.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Specialist Four Joseph Lopez Bedolla, Served with the 666th Transportation Company, 54th Transportation Battalion, 8th Transportation Group, United States Army Support Command (Qui Nhon), 1st Logistical Command, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 3.29.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of SP4 Joseph L. Bedolla

At 6:00 AM on January 25, 1968, a westbound convoy under the control of the 54th Battalion, consisting of 95 vehicles destined for Pleiku and 23 for An Khe, departed the marshalling area at Cha Rang Valley. The 95 vehicles bound for Pleiku consisted of 65 M52 5-ton cargo trucks; 19 M35 2½-ton cargo trucks; five 2½-ton gun trucks, radio-equipped radio gun jeeps and two 5-ton maintenance trucks. A gun truck led each convoy march serial accompanied by radio-equipped gun jeeps evenly spread throughout the convoy. Each task vehicle only had one driver. M48 tanks and M113 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) manned the security check points along the route as the quick reaction force. At approximately 10:15 AM, the convoy received automatic and small arms fire from both sides of the road about 7 miles west of Mang Giang Pass. The gun trucks and convoy personnel returned fire, and within 10 minutes, elements of the 2/1st Cavalry arrived with APCs and tanks. This ended the enemy fire for a while; and after all the firing stopped, the convoy proceeded west for approximately 500 yards when the convoy again came under fire. The two kill zones spanned 1,000 meters. The NVA opened fire on the second and third vehicles in the convoy with rockets, heavy machine guns, grenades and small arms fire from both sides of the road. A machine gun position was later discovered approximately 25 yards from the passenger (north) side of the road. One 2½-ton gun truck and one 2½-ton cargo truck were damaged, and a Pacific Architects & Engineers (PAE) commercial tractor was destroyed. Two drivers, SP4 Joseph L. Bedolla and PFC Joseph A. Klenhoffer, were killed, and one was wounded. The reaction force immediately left their previous location and raced to the new kill zone where the fire again ended. Three armed helicopters arrived at approximately 10:45 AM. Two medevac helicopters arrived within 10 minutes after receiving the request. Two officers, members of the engineer team, were wounded while clearing explosive ordnance from the site. One of the engineers, 2LT Arthur C. Grange, later died of his injuries at the 71st Evacuation Hospital. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vietnam-guntrucks.com]
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POSTED ON 1.14.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SPEC 4 BEDOLLA,,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A LIGHT WHEEL VEHICLE MECHANIC. THE CHRISTMAS SEASON IS OVER, AND IT IS A NEW YEAR, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 10.4.2016

we were soldiers

im glad I was able to locate you. ( paul alderete 9th infantry fort riley Kansas shipped over to Vietnam) 1966 san jose,california
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POSTED ON 3.29.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Joseph Lopez Bedolla, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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