JOSEPH B POE
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HONORED ON PANEL 2W, LINE 22 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH BYRON POE

WALL NAME

JOSEPH B POE

PANEL / LINE

2W/22

DATE OF BIRTH

02/07/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LONG KHANH

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/20/1971

HOME OF RECORD

PRATTSVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Grant County

STATE

AR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

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LEFT FOR JOSEPH BYRON POE
POSTED ON 5.10.2022
POSTED BY: Peter Adams

A Tragic Loss

As a Lieutenant. at Cat La: a Transportation Corps base on the Dong Ngai River, Joe had many onerous assignments. One was wrangling the laundresses and cleaning ladies, Restaurant workers, etc. It was worth a good laugh to watch him deal with the constant headaches, while he remained unflappable. At night we'd migrate to Joe's room which was shared by 3 other officers, some of who had the finest music setup in town. There was always a rousing chorus of the Animals singing "We gotta get outta this place" and CCR with "Fortunate Son". He got a letter from his young wife every day and sent one off himself. I returned to the states in August, I knew he was getting short, and I was devastated to learn that he had transferred to a combat infantry unit and was killed with days to go before DEROS. Here was a loss for us all to mourn.
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POSTED ON 9.20.2021
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Vet

Bronze Star Medal for Valor Award

Lieutenant Joseph Byron Poe was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, with Combat Distinguishing Device (V), for his gallantry in action. He was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Merit for his sustained meritorious service. He served as an Infantry Unit Commander and was assigned to B CO, 2ND BN, 5TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV.
See http://www.coffeltdatabase.org/detreq2.php
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POSTED ON 5.31.2021
POSTED BY: Bill

Memorial Day 2021

Sir,
I will always remember your command in Cat Lai. I serve under your command and I am remembering you today, Memorial Day 2021, as I do each Memorial Day. Rest In Peace Sir.
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POSTED ON 5.28.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt Joseph Poe, Thank you for your service as an Infantry Unit Leader with the 1st Cavalry. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Memorial Day weekend when our nation those of you who paid the ultimate price. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels
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POSTED ON 4.30.2018
POSTED BY: COL James Pittman, USA, Ret (then SGT)

A Good Man

I first met lLT Poe on my second tour of duty in Vietnam at Cat Lai, my first being in SF and Infantry assignments in the Central Highlands. Joe Poe often spoke of wanting to transfer to line units still engaged with enemy forces in the Delta, and we had more than a few conversations about what life in the Infantry meant and what combat in the bush was really like. I tried to talk him out of it, for life in Cat Lai was dangerous enough, and I felt enough good men had already died in that war. But Joe Poe was a leader and a patriot who felt he could do more. Sadly, I remember the day he left and the day we found out he had been KIA. I often reflect on the thought that perhaps he would still be here if I had pressed him harder to stay out of the bush. He was a good man, a good soldier, and he gave all. RIP
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