JOSEPH E BRUNELLE
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HONORED ON PANEL 7E, LINE 25 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH EMILE BRUNELLE

WALL NAME

JOSEPH E BRUNELLE

PANEL / LINE

7E/25

DATE OF BIRTH

08/18/1944

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/24/1965

HOME OF RECORD

WASHINGTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Dutchess County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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LEFT FOR JOSEPH EMILE BRUNELLE
POSTED ON 9.4.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. While all deaths in Vietnam are tragic that you died so shortly after your 21st birthday is especially so. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 8.18.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Lance Corporal Joseph Emile Brunelle, Served with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 10.10.2017

Air Loss - Fixed Wing

On August 24, 1965, a United States Marines Corps Lockheed KC-130F Hercules (#149802) from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152) was scheduled to ferry a group of U.S. Marines back to South Vietnam from a rest-and-relaxation leave in the former British Hong Kong. The 10:00 AM flight crashed on take-off from Kai Tak Airport, killing 59 out of 71 on board. The cause of the accident was attributed to the aircraft commander disregarding standard operating procedure and choosing to make a three-engine takeoff with the No.1 engine's prop unfeathered and operating only on limited power. The pilot lost control of the aircraft and veered left shortly after leaving the runway. The port (left) wing struck a sea-wall, causing the plane to burst into flames before crashing into Kowloon Bay. This was the first Hercules hull loss in Marine Corps service. Two crewmen perished in the crash, navigator SGT Gordon H. Blexrude and radio operator CPL Jerry L. Gerry. The 57 lost passengers included LCPL Major Arnold Jr., PFC Dennis D. Backen, PFC George A. Bell Jr., LCPL Narciso Bertomen Jr., LCPL Harold J. Brazen, LCPL Joseph E. Brunelle, LCPL Cecil W. Burton, PFC Terry A. Chase, LCPL Joseph A. Clancy, PFC Thomas M. Crow, LCPL Ronald L. Davis, LCPL Harold V. Dayringer Jr., LCPL Maarten DeGroot, HN Robert T. Efaw, LCPL Carroll E. Fankhauser, LCPL Joseph A. Ford III, CPL James A. Gilford, PFC Frank A. Given, BUL3 Gary W. Grimes, PFC Barry N. Hambleton, LCPL Donald D. Hansen, LCPL Lonnie D. Hartsock, SSGT Kelly K. Heinze, SGT Gerald V. Johnson, LCPL Richard L. Jossendal, LCPL Robert J. Kuzmanko, SGT Dahl J. La Porte, CPL John W. Lake, BUL3 Robert M. Lathrope, PFC Jack B. Leaf, LCPL Dennis R. Martin, SGT James Massey, LCPL Harry C. McCartney, PVT Ricardo Mesa, PFC John S. Michel, LCPL Edward J. Monahan Jr., CPL Grat G. Myers, LCPL David C. Ney, LCPL James B. O’Kane, PFC Warren W. Pfefferle, CPL John T. Povey, LCPL Ronald L. Powell, LCPL Felix Rodriquez, LCPL John P. Roland, 1LT Paul E. Rudeen Jr., LCPL Ronald L. Runkel, CMH3 Thomas A. Sagen. LCPL Jerry J. Sanders, LCPL William K. Shoup, CPL Richard Smith, CPL Otha T. Thompson, BUR3 John H. Van Wyk, LCPL James J. Votava Jr., LCPL Roland L. Wafford, LCPL Richard F. Wallace, LCPL Donald R. Wiest, and LCPL Richard A. Willis. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, aviation-safety.net, c-130.net, cgibin.rcn.com, wikipedia.org, and the book “U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft Damaged or Destroyed During the Vietnam War” by Douglas E. Campbell]
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POSTED ON 7.31.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Thank You

Dear LCPL Joseph Brunelle,
Thank you for your service as an Antitank Assaultman. I live in Dutchess County. It is a beautiful place to raise a family. It is 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 courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 10.12.2016

To my brave Uncle Joey

Since I was born in 1970, I never got the chance to meet you. But I thank you for your sacrifice. I know that my mom misses you every day! She named my twin brother after you. He will carry your name always. We love you.

-Nini
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