Joseph Robert Wenzler

 

US Army Insignia

United States Army


SP4 Insignia

Specialist Fourth Class



937th Engineer Group Insignia  18th Engineer Brigade PatchUnited States Army-Vietnam - Engineer Command Patch United States Army-Vietnam Patch
509th Engineer Company
937th Engineeer Group, 18th Engineer Brigade
United States Army-Vietnam - Engineer Command
United States Army-Vietnam

Conflicting Information Shows
509th Engineer Battalion
 393rd Engineer Group

 

 

Purple Heart Army Good Conduct Medal  National  Defense Medal   Vietnam Service Medal

Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal

 

Fell March 13, 1968

Joseph was born to Joseph and Ann Wenzler of Lebanon on the 7th of July, 1947.  He grew up in Lebanon and attended local schools.  He worshipped in the Lutheran faith as a member of the Seventh Street Lutheran Church.  In high school he studied vocational courses, was a member of the Student Council, and supported theatrical productions as an electrician.  He graduated with the Class of 1965 from Lebanon Senior High School.  After graduation he was employed by the Clever-Brooks Company in West Lebanon.  While employed there he received his draft notice and went into the Army on the 6th of October, 1966.

After his basic and advanced training he arrived in Vietnam on the 15th of July, 1967.  He was assigned to the 509th Engineer Battalion of the 393rd Engineer Group.  He fell while he was driving a vehicle in a 140 vehicle convoy on Highway 41 between Pleiku and Kontum.  The convoy was ambushed and he fell as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal.  He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam.

Besides his parents he was survived by a sister, JoAnn.

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