JOSEPH L RABON
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HONORED ON PANEL 12E, LINE 104 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH LEVERN RABON

WALL NAME

JOSEPH L RABON

PANEL / LINE

12E/104

DATE OF BIRTH

07/23/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/21/1966

HOME OF RECORD

CHARLESTON HEIGHTS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Charleston County

STATE

SC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

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LEFT FOR JOSEPH LEVERN RABON
POSTED ON 10.19.2023
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you.....

War drew us from our homeland
In the sunlit springtime of our youth.
Those who did not come back alive remain
in perpetual springtime -- forever young --
And a part of them is with us always.
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POSTED ON 7.9.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Joseph Rabon, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman with the 1st Cavalry. Your 74th birthday is soon, happy birthday. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is Independence Day week. 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 1.6.2021

Final Mission of PFC Joseph L. Rabon

On November 17, 1966, three companies from the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, began reconnaissance in force operations in the southwestern corner of Pleiku Province along the Cambodian border in support of Operation Paul Revere IV. The companies were air assaulted into widely dispersed landing zones, and after four days of searching and reconnoitering, the 1/5th was scattered about their area of operations. On November 21st, Company C was situated in an ambush posture along a well-used trail they had discovered the previous day. During the morning, its three platoons resumed patrolling a short distance from the border. Small groups of enemy soldiers were observed, and the platoons maneuvered to gain fire superiority. Second Platoon was soon in contact. As Third Platoon moved across low ground beneath a hill to reach Second’s location, they were ambushed by a superior-size force. They took cover and immediately returned fire. In a few moments, Third Platoon was taking heavy fire on three sides. While trying to fight their way to higher ground, the platoon was nearly wiped out. Only two men survived, one by smearing blood from his own wounds on his face and playing dead. The enemy moved in, killing the wounded, and picking up all their weapons and radio. Second Platoon was also heavily engaged in a wooded area; its First Squad was completely wiped out. In total, C-1/5 lost 33 men killed in action. They included SFC Bobby W. Letbetter, SSG Charles K. Malone, SSG Max M. Woodsmall, SGT Theodore A. Alkire Jr., SP4 Norman C. Farris (awarded the Bronze Star), SP4 Eugene E. Mitchell, SP4 James E. Smythe, SP4 Wilbert Stewart Jr., SP4 Lester E. Unger Jr., SP4 Donald G. Vernon, PFC Gary D. Byford, SP4 Louis Castillo, PFC Eduardo Chavez, PFC John M. Dalton (awarded the Silver Star), PFC Carlito L. Dorsey, PFC John L. Godfrey, PFC Ralls Hawkins, PFC Charles L. Hicks, PFC Harvey Johnson III, PFC Marion E. Johnson, PFC Carroll H. Jones, PFC Arnold R. Krasnoff, PFC Gamaliel Marcano-Diaz, PFC Larry D. Naasz, PFC Joseph L. Rabon, PFC Edward J. Scahill, PFC Joseph Scicutella, PFC Samuel W. Smith, PFC Andrew L. Stephens, PFC Clifford R. Stout, PFC Alvin B. Tucker, PFC George A. Turner (Forward Observer from B/1/77th Arty), and PFC John F. Waden. Eleven others were wounded. Enemy losses were reported at 145 killed, many by airstrikes and artillery while withdrawing from the battle area. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, virtualwall.org, and ttu.edu]
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POSTED ON 11.20.2019
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Bronze Star Medal Award

PFC Joseph L Rabon was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor for his exemplary courage under fire. He served as an Infantryman and was assigned to C Co, 1st Bn, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Div.
See https://army.togetherweserved.com/army/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=65201
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POSTED ON 11.20.2016

50yrs NOT FORGOTTEN

Nov 21, 2016 marks the 50th year of your passing along side, your buddy, my cousin, Joseph Scucutella. On that tragic day you sacrificed willingly to save those surrounded. Your among the Bave Souls who saved lives."
Your friends and family will never forget you.
Respectfully,
Carole Vitale
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