Dyer, Joseph Francis, Jr., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Private First Class

One Overseas Service Bar

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pittsburgh, PA
Last Address
Pittsburgh, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 18, 1967
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Allegheny Cemetery - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
30E 015

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Medical Shoulder Cord

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Medical 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)173rd Airborne Brigade
  1967-1967, HHC, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1967-1967, 173rd Airborne Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
On Apr 12, 2011, Boatwright, John, CW5 USA(Ret) wrote:

I remember very vividly the day Dyer died. Us old soldiers never used first names. Dyer was a good solider and a good medic. We had been pushing hard into NVA territory in Kontum Providence during November 1967. The NVA were every where and the 173d Troopers were getting hit from all directions. I was assigned to Dog Company after the 173d removed their Recon platoon's from HHC of each battalion. We were in constant fire fights during November 1967 leading up to and after Hill 875. I don't recall of the details of that day but we were pinned down by sniper fire and NVA had us in a cross fire. I did not personally witness what happened since I was several yards away but I was told the M60 gunner got killed and Dyer grabbed the M60 and started returning fire. Rounds and grenades are flying every where and Dyer was one of the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice that day. May God bless his soul.

MP Boatwright, John, CW5

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