Payne, Jeptha Joseph, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
12B10-Combat Engineer
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 12B10, 18th Engineer Brigade
Service Years
1942 - 1968

Sergeant First Class

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSG William Putnam (Randy) to remember Payne, Jeptha Joseph ("Jeppie"), SFC.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Copperhill, Tennessee

Casualty Date
Aug 16, 1968
Hostile, Died
Other Cause
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mobile Cemetery - Epsworth, Fannin Co., Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
48W 029

 Official Badges 

18th Engineer Brigade

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
14th Engineer Battalion45th Engineer Group18th Engineer Brigade
  1967-1968, 12B10, A Company, 14th Engineer Battalion
  1967-1968, 12B10, 45th Engineer Group
  1967-1968, 12B10, 18th Engineer Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SFC Jeptha "Jeppie" Payne was serving with A Company, 14th Engineer Battalion, 45th Engineer Group, 18th Engineer Brigade at the time of his death. His home of record at the time of his death was Copperhill, Tennessee.

He had served a tour in Vietnam, and was in an extension of that tour to take the place of his son.  He had a son in the Army, SP4 Larry Payne stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland.  He was due for retirement.

He was one of the 20 men killed when NVA/VC forces penetrated the perimeter of LZ Nancy in Quang Tri Province, RVN.

He was interred in Mobile Baptist Cemetery, Epworth, Fannin County, Georgia.

It is very possible that SFC Payne served in WWII, with an enlistment of 1942.  At some point in his career, he was awarded the CIB and Parachute Badge  

In the 1940 Census, he was working as a farm laborer living with his extended family and father in Mobile-Epworth, Georgia. He was one of 12 children.  He was known as "Jep" or "Jeppie", with his real name being Jeptha.

A full photo from the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association, Knoxville, Tennessee can be found at:
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