VIETNAM - WEAVER, JOSEPH ROBERT JR

Weaver, Joseph Robert Jr

VIETNAM - WEAVER, JOSEPH ROBERT JR
WEAVER, JOSEPH ROBERT JR

Rank: Private First Class

Unit: I Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 26-May-1947

Hometown: Sylvester, Georgia

Marital status: Married to Charlotte S. Weaver

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 9-May-1967

Start of tour: 29-Sep-1967

Incident date: 14-Feb-1968

Date of casualty: 14-Feb-1968

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Joseph Robert Weaver Jr died as the result of fragment wounds received while passenger on armored personnel carrier which was hit by hostile fire during combat operation.

Three Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
PFC Randall John Gustafson
SGT Vitalio Vela Jr
PFC Joseph Robert Weaver Jr

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Rocky Mount Cemetery, Georgia, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 39E 041 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JOSEPH ROBERT WEAVER JR
14 FEBRUARY 1968
I TROOP, 3rd SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Private First Class Weaver distinguished himself by valorous actions on 14 February 1968 while serving as a Machine Gunner with Troop I, 3d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, while on a joint operation with elements of the 9th Infantry Division near the village of Cau Dat. The friendly force suddenly began receiving intense recoilless rifle, automatic weapons and small arms fire from a well-concealed Viet Cong force of unknown size. As his platoon maneuvered against the fortified positions, private Weaver directed a lethal stream of suppressive fire against the insurgents. He continued to detect and destroy all enemy gun positions within range until he was mortally wounded by fragments from an anti-tank round. Private First Class Weaver’s bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division General Orders No. 1562 (21 March 1968)

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