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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Birth:
27 Jul 1948 2
Death:
19 Nov 1967 2
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Full Name:
Joseph Vincent Zelinski 2
Birth:
27 Jul 1948 2
Male 2
Death:
19 Nov 1967 2
Cause: Artillery, Rocket, Mortar 2
Age at Death: 19 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 19 Nov 1967 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Troy, MI 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Married 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Battalion:
3rd Bn 2
Company:
C Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Selective Service 2
Grade:
E3 2
Major Command:
25th Inf Div 2
Regiment:
22nd Infantry 2
Service:
Army 2
Specialty:
Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY) 2
Tour Start Date:
23 Oct 1967 2
Years Served:
0 2
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 36 2
Panel: 30E 2

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Today is April 14th, 2008. Several years ago a friend of mine died and today would have been his birthday. He was a talented man, cared for his family. He is missed. Somehow this reminds me of Joseph. No one knows how much time they have on this earth, no one should waste time. I say to the family of this young man that he is not alone, not forgotten and that he is an example of how time waits for no one. Tell everyone you Love that you Love them and as often as you can. Love never dies but we do. May special Angels be assigned to guard over Joseph's family in the name of Jesus. November 1967 was a tragic month. So many were lost in South Vietnam. ( So many sons, husbands, brothers and fathers. ) I am leaving Joseph virtual memorial flowers to thank him for his dedication to our country. Random Fellow American, April Dayns RN Southeast Iowa

Garnet Jenkins
Grand Junction Co.
~In Remembrance of a Fallen Hero~

In Remembrance of this Young Soldier, with a Multitude of Thanks for his Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom. Rest well Pfc. Joseph Vincent Zelinski and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I am the sister of such a young hero, who made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam 1967...
...NOW ARISES FROM HALLOWED GROUND A DELICATE CLOUD OF BUGLE NOTES THAT SOFTLY SAY, GO TO SLEEP....COMRADES TRUE, BORN ANEW, PEACE TO YOU. YOUR SOULS SHALL BE WHERE THE HEROES ARE AND YOUR MEMORIES SHINE LIKE THE MORNING STAR....SLUMBER WELL, WHERE THE SHELLS SCREAMED AND FELL....THE DANGER HAS PASSED, AND NOW AT LAST, GO TO SLEEP.... By ~ Sgt Joyce Kilmer, 165th US Infantry (formerly 69th NYNG) KIA Ourcq, France~July 30, 1918
Jul 27, 2007   Manuel Pino Bco 2/8th 1st Cav 68-69
mpjr54@msn.com
Fellow Vietnam Army Vet
C/3/22 Inf Rgt 25th Inf Div
Jan 10, 2007   Loel Hunt
ckhunt@rconnect.com
Friend
2406 Jackson Circle
Spirit Lake, IA 51360 USA
Friend
Joe and I were RTO's in the third platoon of C/3/22 in the fall of 67. He had not been with us very long but Joe and I became friends. He was a quite individual and a good person to share life's storys and problems with. Joe and I were next to each other when he was KIA by incoming mortor fire. If it had not been for Joe I would have been killed and I'v always felt that I owed him more than I could repay. Joe I think of you often.
Saturday, April 15, 2000   Robert Tripp
rtripp@cogeco.ca
A friend never met
Ridgeway, Ontario Canada
So young a life, so great a sacrifice. "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13
Monday, August 29, 2005   doug snyder
C2555D@aol.com
FELLOW SOLDIER 25TH INF.
2555 MIDDLE WAY
EASTON, PA 18040 USA
NOT FORGOTTEN HERO
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, HERO. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE, DOUG, CO.A, 222ND INF., 25TH INF. DIV. 1968
Tuesday, July 27, 2004   Angel Day On this your angel day I want you to know that you are a blessing to a countless number of people past, present, and future. And through your selfless service and courageous deeds your efforts have and will have an influence on many generations. And with all the good you did and the ultimate sacrifice you paid you truly are OUR HERO and we thank God that you lived.

FREEDOM
by Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC

It is the soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us Freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us the Freedom to demonstrate

It is the soldier, who serves beneath the Flag,
Who salutes the Flag,

Whose coffin is draped by the Flag,
Who allows the protestor to burn the Flag,

It is the soldier, not the politician,
Who has given his blood, his body, his life,
Who has given us these FREEDOMS! Posted by: Kathie
Thursday, November 19, 2009   NEVER FORGOTTEN FOREVER REMEMBERED

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you , one of the gentle heroes and patriots lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers Posted by: Bill Nelson: Nam Vet 101st Airborne
Email: grite@yahoo.com
Relationship: Nam Vet
Monday, December 11, 2006   Lest We Forget ONE OF MICHIGAN'S FALLEN SONS

We shall remember you, JOSEPH VINCENT ZELINSKI, and the ultimate sacrifice you made for our country. Rest in peace. Posted by: Fellow Michigander

Friday, November 19, 2004   Thank You I am a student at Gridley High School in Gridley, IL and I am posting remembrances for a class. Your bravery and loyalty are immeasurable. I just wanted to say thank you for your willingness to preserve freedom. What you have done will never be forgotten to us fellow Americans! You are a true hero! Posted by: Amber Miller
Email: achoo_13_99@yahoo.com
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2003

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