Venable, Joseph Alvin, CSM

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Last Rank
Command Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Last Primary MOS
00Z -Command Sergeant Major SC
Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 00Z, 1st Infantry Division/HHC
Service Years
1940 - 1968

Command Sergeant Major


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Ten Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bristol , LA
Last Address
Clinton , LA

Casualty Date
Sep 13, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Binh Long (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
44W 054/X, 2226

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
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Combat Infantryman 3rd Award

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment5th Regimental Combat Team 1st Armored DivisionIII Corps (3rd Corps)
4th Armored DivisionUS Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)1st Infantry Division
  1943-1945, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1950-1953, 5th Regimental Combat Team
  1955-1957, 1st Armored Division
  1957-1962, III Corps (3rd Corps)
  1963-1965, 4th Armored Division
  1965-1967, HQ Forces Command (FORSCOM)
  1967-1968, 00Z, 1st Infantry Division/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of Kapyong
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of the Imjin River
  1951-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
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Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17552
Date: 09/13/1968
Incident number: 68091302.KIA
Unit: A/1 AVN 1 INF
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XU779067
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory
Short Summary: Hit by .51 cal with 1 Inf Div CG, CSM & 2 staff on board while checking report of downed A/C, main rotor separated w/ WO1 Manzanares

Crew Members:
AC CPT
PLUNKETT GERALD W KIA
P CW2
MANZANARES WILLIAM JR KIA
G SP4 LANTER RAYMOND EDWARD KIA
CE SP5 GUTIERREZ-VELAZQUEZ JOSE D KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
MGN WARE KEITH LINCOLN, AR, PX, KIA
SGM VENABLE JOSEPH ALVIN, AR, PX , KIA
LTC OLIVER HENRY MCCARTY, AR, PX, KIA
1LT BECK STEVEN LEE, AR, PX, KIA

General Ware's aircraft exploded in mid air with the crew, General Ware, the Division CSM, the Division G4 and the General' s aide all lost. Many losses were incurred trying to recover the bodies. I believe the gun platoon leader of 1/4 Cav was kia in a cobra trying to recover the bodies. General Ware was a hell of a commander, who I believe, won the Medal of Honor in Europe in WWII and was battlefield commissioned. Jerry and Bill and the crew were fine men, as were all. There was some speculation that the aircraft was sabotaged, possibly with a grenade with the firning handle held by a rubber band and dropped in the gasoline tank. We will never know.


15 Oct 2009
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Jacobs, Richard (Jake11Boots), SSG 
I had arrived in country on 6 September 1968 and was on my first patrol when we advised of the crash. Elements of the 1/2 Inf. were called in to secure the crash site and my unit backed them (B/2/18) Shortly afterward, a fire support base was named after the CSM: "Venable Heights."

VRY, Richard Jacobs, Harrisonville, MO

   
Comments/Citation



TOP

POSTED ON 3/18/03 - BY DALE L. SNOOK, VETERANS REP.
MY MEMORIES ARE OF HIM CALLING ME TOP AS WE PASSED IN THE HALLWAYS AT 4TH ARMORED GROUP IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY IN 1962 AND 1963. HE WAS THE SMAJ, AT ALL TIMES, THE "TOP'.

Joseph Alvin Venable was born in Bristol, Louisiana on September 15, 1920.  He was the son of Monroe Venable and Electa Begnaud.  His family consisted of six boys and four girls.  With the exception of the first son, five of the boys had Joseph for their first name.  When he was nine, his family moved to Lafayette, Louisiana and resided on Clinton Street.  Along with his brother Merlin, and his sister, Frances, he was selected by his dad to plant and harvest crops until he joined the CC Camp at age seventeen.  He began his military career in 1940 by joining the Army. 

       His military assignments included combat duty in World War II where he served with the 8th Infantry Regiment in the European Theater of Operations.  There he participated in five major campaigns and was wounded twice.  During the Korean Conflict, he volunteered for combat duty and was assigned to the 5th Regimental Combat Team.  He took part in three campaigns before coming to the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood in 1955.  He also served tours at Fort Hood as post sergeant major.  In the late 1960’s, he took an assignment in Vietnam under the command of Major General Ware.  He was killed in a helicopter crash on Friday, September 13, 1968.  

       The Legion of Merit Award (First Oak Leaf Cluster), the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal of Valor (First Oak Leaf Cluster), the Air Medal (Ninth Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Ribbon, the Purple Heart (Second Oak Leaf Cluster), and Combat Infantryman’s Badge with two stars were some of the decorations awarded CSM Venable.

       CSM Venable was married to the former Connie Ruth Miller of Cisco, Texas on May 23, 1950 in Carlsbad, New Mexico.  They had three children: Cynthia, Pam, and Joseph II.  

       CSM Venable was buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.  CSM Venable honored our country by serving 28 years in the Army, with Fort Hood as his home base.  As a result of his dedication and commitment, his memory will be honored through the school and community of Venable Village.

Venable Village Elementary School opened on Fort Hood Texas in 1995 and is named after the Venable Village housing area. 

 

 

   
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