JOE C PAUL
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HONORED ON PANEL 2E, LINE 63 OF THE WALL

JOE CALVIN PAUL

WALL NAME

JOE C PAUL

PANEL / LINE

2E/63

DATE OF BIRTH

04/23/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/19/1965

HOME OF RECORD

DAYTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Montgomery County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOE CALVIN PAUL
POSTED ON 8.22.2019
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Service.

Our nation owes a debt to it's fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.
Semper Fi Marine!
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POSTED ON 12.22.2017
POSTED BY: jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde

You are not forgotten

The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered !!!! All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Joe. :-(
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POSTED ON 8.19.2017
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Medal of Honor

Joe Calvin Paul
Date of birth: April 23, 1946
Date of death: DOW August 19, 1965
Burial location: Dayton, Ohio
Place of Birth: Kentucky, Williamsburg
Home of record: Dayton Ohio
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor


Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal Joe Calvin Paul (MCSN: 2033358), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 18 August 1965, while serving with Company H, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against an armed enemy near Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam. In violent battle, Lance Corporal Paul's platoon sustained five casualties as it was temporarily pinned down, by devastating mortar, recoilless rifle, automatic weapons, and rifle fire delivered by insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in well entrenched positions. The wounded Marines were unable to move from their perilously exposed positions forward of the remainder of their platoon, and were suddenly subjected to a barrage of white phosphorous rifle grenades. Lance Corporal Paul, fully aware that his tactics would almost certainly result in serious injury or death to himself, chose to disregard his safety and boldly dashed across the fire-swept rice paddies, placed himself between his wounded comrades and the enemy, and delivered effective suppressive fire with his automatic weapon in order to divert the attack long enough to allow the casualties to be evacuated. Although critically wounded during the course of the battle, he resolutely remained in his exposed position and continued to fire his rifle until he collapsed and was evacuated. By his fortitude and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death, he saved the lives of several of his fellow Marines. His heroic action served to inspire all who observed him and reflect the highest credit upon himself, the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.

Action Date: 18-Aug-65

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Lance Corporal

Company: Company H

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 4th Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
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POSTED ON 4.6.2016
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Joe.
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POSTED ON 7.10.2014
POSTED BY: Darillyn Lamb Starr

To those lost in Operation Starlite

Operation Starlite was originally intended to be called "Satellite". Because of a power outage, the clerk who typed the orders couldn't see it very well and mistakenly typed "Starlite". I think that's a better name, anyway. My father, a career Marine, fought in that battle but, thankfully, came home in one piece.

The articles and citation with the Medal of Honor are very touching. That medal is not given out very often! It's amazing that a 19 yo boy would expose himself to almost certain death, in order to save his comrades. I'm so sorry that it cost him his life!

So, to those of you who knew and loved LCPL Paul, I hope knowing that I will not forget him brings some slight shred of comfort.
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