Govan, Joseph Gerald, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1203-Tank Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Armor (Officer)
Primary Unit
1952-1952, 1203, 40th Infantry Division
Service Years
1951 - 1952


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Casualty Date
Oct 15, 1952
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Other Cause
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Mount Calvary Cemetery - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

40th Infantry Division

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Korean War Fallen
  1952, Korean War Fallen

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 Unit Assignments
140th Tank Battalion40th Infantry Division
  1952-1952, 1203, 140th Tank Battalion/HHC
  1952-1952, 1203, 40th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
 Colleges Attended 
New Mexico Military Institute
  1949-1951, New Mexico Military Institute
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Joseph G.Govan was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, graduating in 1951, and was the valedictorian. He enlisted in the Army on 8 August 1951.

Joining his unit in Korea on 5 April 1952, 1st Lt. Joe Govan served with A Company,1st Battalion, 140th Medium Tank Battalion, 40th Infantry Division.

He was seriously injured in North Korea on 15 October 1952 and died of those injuries later that day. He died from carbon monoxide in his M46 tank along with 3 crew members due to a defective heater. The 5th member, the driver, survived, only because his hatch was open.

On that cold night, his platoon was on line providing fire support to the 2nd ROK Division on "Sniper Ridge".

"Killed on Snipter Ridge", Albuquerque Journal, 4 November 1952, page 2.

"Lt. J.G. Govan Killed in Korea", Albuquerque Journal, 2 November 1952, page 23.
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