Esparza, Joseph David, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11D20-Armor Reconnaissance Specialist
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 11D20, F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Service Years
1970 - 1971

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Santa Monica
Last Address
Santa Monica

Casualty Date
May 28, 1971
Hostile, Died
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Los Angeles National Cemetery - Los Angeles, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03W 057/Section 256 Row F Site 1

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialBlackhorse Association (11th Armored Calvary)The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1971, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2020, Blackhorse Association (11th Armored Calvary)
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
  1970-1971, 11D20, F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 24, 2012, General Photos2
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POSTED ON 5.15.2018
POSTED BY: Matthew Tate Cornelius

My Father

To the family of Mr. Esparza: I've never seen my father cry, until recently when he came to visit me in DC and he saw Joseph's name on that wall. Mr. Esparza saved my Dad's life. I cannot thank you enough. If there is anything I can do to help any of you, I would gladly do it.


Gerald Halley
friend, served with Joe.
4266, Greenbrair Ct., Gurnee, Il., 60031, USA
Was with Joe, on the night, he was killed, we sat on top, of the Avav., having a beer, I left, the track and was walking, to my own track, when a mortar, hit the top, of Joe's, I was knocked, flat and turned, to see, the top of his track, in flames.
Monday, November 22, 1999


POSTED ON 5.28.2016

My Loving Cousin Joe

I will always remember your kindness towards us Grijalva girls (Chechie, Rennie & Lolie). You were named after my dad, you Uncle Joe (Joseph Grijalva). You both are in heaven protecting the families as you always have! I will always remember the family house parties, you and I winning the twist dance contest when I was around 5 yrs old. Thank you for your service, you are never
forgotten!! ????

Paul Gomez
friend/teamate/fellow veteran
1507 Glencoe Ave Venice
Venice, CA 90291 USA
"Little Joe"
Joe and I attend grammar school and high school together. We also were on the same Little League team. He was one year younger than I was but, he was an outstanding ball player. We used to call him "Little Joe" because he wasn't very big. He sure could throw a baseball though. He was known for his terrific curve ball. He was always a real shy kid and was always smiling. He used to sweep the floor of the local barber shop for spending money. I am a Navy veteran and had already been discharged when I heard about Little Joe. I couldn't believe he was gone. A mutual friend named his son after Joe. I've been to the wall to visit Joe twice and twice at the moving wall. I couldn't belive how it affected me. Santa Monica recently dedicated monuments to Vietnam veterans and I was there thinking about Joe. Rest easy brother and thank you.
Thursday, May 25, 2000
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