Elbert, Joe A., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1966 - 1968


First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Lakebay, Washington

Casualty Date
Sep 13, 1968
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Grace Hill Cemetery - Hawarden, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
44W 047

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
23rd Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1968-1968, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment/A Company
  1968-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Service number O5257670

1st Lieutenant Joe A. Elbert, assigned to A Co, 4th Bn, 23rd Infantry, was one of four men killed on 13 Sep 1968 when a mine sweep team was ambushed on Route 4 approximately 8 kilometers north of Nui Ba Den Mountain, Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam. A fifth soldier, SP4 James A. Brigham of A Co, 65th Engineers was wounded and captured by the enemy. He was released on 01 Jan 1969, but died from his wounds on 17 Jan 69 at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, DC.

1LT Elbert received a posthumous Silver Star. He also received the Bronze Star (Merit) and Purple Heart.

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