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Vietnam War 1
Marine Corps 1
Private First Class 1
19 Jan 1948 1
02 Feb 1968 1

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Full Name:
Joseph Charles Applegate 1
19 Jan 1948 1
Male 1
02 Feb 1968 1
Cause: Other Explosive Device 1
Age at Death: 20 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 02 Feb 1968 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Hometown: Monticello, IN 1
Marital Status: Single 1

Vietnam War 1

Marine Corps 1
Private First Class 1
2nd Bn 1
E Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Regular 1
E2 1
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 1
9th Marines 1
Marine Corps 1
Rifleman (USMC) 1
Tour Start Date:
05 Dec 1967 1
Years Served:
0 1
Roman Catholic 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
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Panel: 36E 1

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Monticello, IN

Joe Applegate and I enlisted in the Marine Corps together on the Buddy Plan in June 1967 and trained together before we shipped overseas. We had been stationed at Camp Hansen in Okinawa. We were then shipped to Vietnam and started our tour on Dec 5, 1967. We arrived at Da Nang by C130 transport at night and up until that point, we had it really easy. That all changed that night. The next day we were flown to Camp Carroll in northern Quang Tri Prov. The air was filled with all the sounds and smells of combat...there was no joking around...we saw the wounded enroute to a medivac.  We noticed that there was an intensity that we would soon have to adjust to ourselves. Even to this day I find myself, if the air is just right, back in the bush. We spent several days there waiting for our unit to return. Prior to deployment on our first operation, we geared up and received info of our first Fire Base. Finally, we were on our way to a remote base known only to us as A3. This was small support base from where we would run LRPs...recon and ambushes. Joe was called the first day there for radio training by our Plt. CO...Capt. Sams. So as time proceeded through Jan '68, I had distanced myself from Joe because I had lost to many close this day I regret doing that...but for me it was the only way I could stay focused on my tasks.  Joe was platoon radio man and I ended up point-man for my squad. He did his job the end. On the 2nd of Feb, 1968, the day Joe died, we were on a Company size operation, that was a big mistake. We always operated in small groups prior to this day. He and I both felt threatened and vulnerable. Joe was loved by all and got along well with everyone. He was a full of life, generous and strong, not only physically, but mentally as well. Joe was a great Marine, always followed orders, respectful of his superiors, and he was always there for a helping  hand. Now, this is kind of off the wall, however, thinking back on it, still makes me smile...Joe never knew how many times he would talk to me on the radio. We could key our hand set when he would call...i.e. Joe would call us at night saying..."ECHO ONE RED...ECHO ONE RED...if all is secure, key your hand set twice". He never knew that many times we were out in the dark far away from him and would let him repeat that at least 4 times before we would key the "mike". We could tell he was pissed, we would just look at one another and smile. Joe served with honor and he did make difference, he was truly a Marine's Marine. Semper Fi, Joe, I do miss you and you will never be forgotten. I visit your grave often, and make sure a flag is always there. ~ Your Marine Buddy, Neil Smith ~

Joseph Charles Applegate ~ Obituary

Monticello, IN

Joe Applegate Killed In Vietnam At Quang Tri On February 2nd ~ Marine Pvt 1st Class Joseph Charles Applegate, 20-year-old son, born on Jan 19, 1948 to  Charles and Harmony Applegate of Monticello, lost his life in Vietnam on Friday, February 2nd. His death occurred at Quang Tri, when he was struck in the head by an enemy hand grenade, while serving with the Third Marine Division. The family received offical notice from Lafayette Marine Sergeant Barber and Father Richard Puetz, pastor of the Lakes Catholic Church here where the deceased was a member. Other surviviors besides his parents are four brothers, David of South Bend, James, Wayne and Edwin at home, and three sisters, Mrs Julia Donahue of Kokomo, Mrs Melba Nickerson of Kansas City and Ruth at home, and his grandparents, Mr and Mrs Grover Ball of Chicago. Joe was a 1967 graduate of Monticello Twin Lakes High School, and an employee of Garden City, Inc, when he enlisted in the Marines on June 27, 1967. He was transferred to Vietnam in December. The Applegate family has been advised that the body will be shipped home for burial within the next ten days or two weeks. The last letter the parents had received from Joe was dated January 20th, when he was at another location guarding a bridge at that time. Added later:  The final mass will be held in the Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church at 10 Thursday morning and burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery.

Rest In Peace, Joe ~ You are not forgetten

Thank you Marine for your service to this great Nation and to our Corps

THE WALL Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives
"War drew us from our homeland In the sunlit springtime of our youth. Those who did not come back alive remain in perpetual springtime -- forever young -- And a part of them is with us always." --- Author Unknown --- God Bless  You      

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