Wakefield, Joseph Jr


Rank: Sergeant

Unit: A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11C – Indirect Fire Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 22-Dec-1946

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Marital status: Married to Elizabeth A. Wakefield

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 26-Jun-1967

Start of tour: 13-Jan-1970

Incident date: 25-Mar-1970

Date of casualty: 25-Mar-1970

Age at death: 23

Cause of death: Non-hostile, died of other causes. Other Accident. Other accident.
Joseph Wakefield Jr was killed while at an artillery firing position when a mortar round detonated prematurely. / Squad leader at fire support base (FSB).  Firing H&I mission with mortar.  A round exploded inside the tube.

Three Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP4 Walter Eugene Andrews Jr
SP4 Floyd Burnett Coates
SGT Joseph Wakefield Jr

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 098 768

Place of interment: New Trinity Baptist Church Cemetery, Wellford, South Carolina, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 12W 044 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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