Battlefield Cross


US Army Insignia

United States Army

MAJ Insignia


Military Assistance Command-Vietnam Patch
Advisory Team 88, Headquarters
 Military Assistance Command-Vietnam - Advisors
Military Assistance Command-Vietnam



Army Armor Badge

Silver Star  Bronze Star  Purple Heart  National  Defense Service Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Fell July 13, 1964


Joseph Burkett was bor in Wythe County, Virginia on the 25th of August, 1925 to Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Burkett.  His family moved to Lebanon in the early 1940's.  He enlisted in the latter part of WWII and received five campaign medals in that conflict.  He also served in the Korean War Earning two Silver Stars, Two Bronze Medals, and three Purple Hearts.  He had a degree in Journalism from Oklahoma State University and was a Professor of Military Science at Tarelton State College, Stephenville, Texas.  Upon arriving in Vietnam he assumed the duties as an advisor to a province chief and was assigned to the Military Assistance Command-Vietnam.

He fell in an ambush of his column 45 miles north of Saigon on Route 13. Ironically, this attack took place on the 13th of July, 1964.  He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on the 22nd of July, 1964.

He was awarded the National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.  He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam.

He was survived by his parents; his brother, Andrew; his wife, Patricia; daughter, Patti-Jo; and son, Larry.  They resided in Stephenville, Texas.

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