Eubanks, Joe Wofford, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1971-1972, 1981, 57th Aviation Company (AHC)
Service Years
1969 - 1972

Aviation

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Concord
Last Address
Concord

Casualty Date
Jun 02, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 034

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialVietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA)The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1972, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2020, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA)
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Aviator Badge (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
57th Aviation Company (AHC)1st Aviation Brigade52nd Aviation Battalion17th Aviation Group
  1971-1972, 1981, 57th Aviation Company (AHC)
  1971-1972, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1971-1972, 1981, 52nd Aviation Battalion
  1971-1972, 1981, 17th Aviation Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1972 Vietnam War/Consolidation II Campaign (1971-72)
  1972-1972 Vietnam War/Cease-Fire Campaign (1972-73)
 Colleges Attended 
The Citadel
  1965-1969, The Citadel
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

event
UH-1H 67-17446 7 KM E-NE OF PLEI MRONG

 
 
 
Dave Millard
dmillar1@nycap.rr.com
Crewchief, of 67-17446
1210, Goode Rd., Ballston Spa, NY., 12020, USA
Seems Like Yesterday
Your Never out, of my thoughts Joe, even, after all, these years. Dave Aka., Joe Mudd
Monday, June 13, 2005

 

POSTED ON 1.1.2000
POSTED BY: Rodney E. Enko CW4 USA Ret

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

A fine officer, one helluva cool-headed pilot--It was a pleasure and an honor to have flown with him.


Joe was a graduate of North Carolina Military Academy, Class of 1965.

Joe was killed in "Kontum Province" just south of Kontum City and east of the Rockpile about 250 yds east of QL14.

Seems Like Yesterday: Your Never out of my thoughts Joe even after all these years. Dave Aka Joe Mudd, Dave Millard, Crewchief of 67-17446, 1210 Goode Rd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, dmillar1@nycap.rr.com.

Classmate at The Citadel: Your Spirit Lives. Well buddy, you are sorely missed by your classmates every five years when we get together to tell how great we all are. Your spirit was wonderful. Now that spirit is shared with all who read MY LOSING SEASON by Pat Conroy. Your ever positive attitude, your encouraging exhortations to all of us on the basketball team are immortalized in Pat's book. It took a long time for everyone to gain the privilege of knowing you like your classmates and the athletes you spurred on did. You are encouraging others still. Brian Kennedy, BJK3369@aol.com.

Jeff Farrant, Kindred Spirit: To Joe, my brother on the hardcourt. I hope you knew how much you meant to the guys and how much they miss you. And I hope you know how much we honor your memory.

We graduated from the same high school: Friend Never Forgotten. Joe and I have the same birthday, July 30th. We attended and graduated from the same High School in Concord, NC. I did not realize Joe had died in Vietnam until I went to my grandmothers funeral. While at the cemetary I stumbled upon Joe's grave. Joe was a wonderful friend. God needed him more than we did. Why do some die and some live? I am now 58 years old, served three years in Vietnam with the 3rd and 5th. Special Forces, wounded twice, but lived to tell my story. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you dying and me living. Captain Richard W. Evans, Concord, NC, graduated with Joe from CHS in May 1964. Capt.Richard "Skip" Evans, 4406 Pine Breeze Drive, Kingwood, Tx 77345, skip@janjackson.com.

Joe's father and my grandfather were friends. I too graduated from The Citadel, was commissioned in the Army, and went on to fly Hueys for twenty three years. I have heard about Joe for many years and recall seeing this photo often. When my grandfather died, I found it in his belongings, It seemed like the right thing to do to have it posted here. Even though I never knew him, I hope he knows that he is not forgotten. Kevin Williams, v.k.williams@comcast.net.

Joe Eubanks graduated from the Citadel in 1969. I did not know him well, but I remember him, and remember that he was a solid Cadet. Pat Conroy has included him in his latest book, "My Losing Season". Joe Eubanks was a fine American who gave his life for his country. God Bless him, Terry Seay.

A fine officer, one helluva cool-headed pilot--It was a pleasure and an honor to have flown with him. Rodney E. Enko,CW4,USA,Ret, kiaspawhaw@aol.com.

On 2 June 1972 CPT Joe Eubanks was flying right seat with CW2 Bruce Delan as aircraft commander on an ARVN resupply run near Kontum. They came under heavy .51 cal fire that shot out all cyclic control. As they went in, Mr. Delan pulled in all the collective he had and made a hard landing that put the rotor through the windshield in Joe's lap. Joe had no visible injuries, but all attempts to release him failed due to the tangled wreckage and spreading fire. The crew chief and gunner had to drag Bruce away before the A/C exploded. He still suffered burns on his hands and face. CPT Eubanks burned to death in the wreckage and CW2 Delan was medevaced home with burns and a back compression. He later returned to duty stateside and is now flying choppers in Australia.

He served with the 57th Assault Helicopter Company, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade, USARV.

He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal and The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters.
 
   
Comments/Citation
POSTED ON 8.24.2015
POSTED BY: Kay R. Hamilton

Boy soldier

Joe, I am remembering you from our kindergarten through high school days..always playing soldier..making machine gun sounds and all of the other things boys do. I remember you as always smiling, well, laughing, or with a big wide grin and a distinctly mischievous glint in your eye. I remember you with a vintage "army" hat and our Memorial Day treks bearing flowers to "the monument" at our courthouse. You were full of yourself, a boy and a heroic soldier in the making. God bless and keep you in His perfect peace. Some members of our Class of '64 have already met you there. We'll all be along before we know it. See you in the CHS Class of '64 section. Kay



 
   
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