Vierra, Joseph, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11E10-Armor Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 11E10, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Oakland , CA
Last Address
Oakland , CA

Casualty Date
Mar 02, 1967
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 16E Line 005/Section B Site 907

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 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 34th Armor4th Infantry Division
  1966-1967, 11E10, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor
  1966-1967, 11E10, 4th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Fitchburg
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Last Known Activity
Not Specified
Douglas Burruss
Livermore, CA 94550 USA
A Distant Friend
I didn't know Joseph Vierra as a close friend would. My mother was actually very close to him. One day I was going through a box that my mother had stored in the closet in one of the bedrooms of our home. I noticed this particular box, due to the extra care it had been given with its wrappings and place within the confines of the closet area. At the time I was around 15 years old. I opened the box and found some letters from Joe (that's how he signed the letters). I was drawn to them by the way he wrote. It was hard at first trying to figure out why he was writing my mom? I continued to read, and soon discovered that he was away from home and wanted to come back desperately. He missed all of his family and friends. As I came to the close of each letter, I noticed a number at the bottom of the page. After reading the letters I went to my mother and asked her about this person and what did the letters mean? You can imagine her first response, "where did you get those?" "From the closet" I sheepishly murmured. I knew I was in trouble but she soon looked down at the letters and the look on her face changed from anger to sadness. I asked her about Joseph, she looked back at me with a smile and said he was a wonderful person who she cared for deeply. He was writing her from Vietnam. He was in the Vietnam war she explained. I barley knew anything about the Vietnam war, so all I knew at that point was, I could understand why he wanted to come home. I couldn't imagine how difficult it must have been to be so far away, fighting a war. She told me stories of him and soon I felt like I knew him as well. In a strange way, I missed him too. I asked mom, "why did he write this number on his letters?" Each letter had a different number that decreased with each letter. Mom looked once again with deep sadness, "this number represents the number of days he had left in Vietnam." "Ok", I said, where are the rest of the letters?" "There were no more letters", mom said, "he was killed in battle." The conversation ended there, but at that very moment, I made it a point to learn and try to understand that war, and the men who fought in it. Now at 33 years old, I have never forgotten the name Joseph Vierra and the price he paid for his country. Thank you Mr. Vierra. I am thankful for the freedom you have provided me with. I will never forget you. Douglas Burruss.
Thursday, June 07, 2001

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