Joel Stevens Ivey, Jr

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
23 January 1950 - 28 November 1971
Southern Pines, North Carolina
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Combat Medic

National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Joel Stevens Ivey, Jr

24 May 2001


by his family.
E-mail address is not available.
01 Sep 2003

I knew Joel when we were in High School ... he was almost my first love. I introduced him to his wife Sharon one night at "The Flic" night club. He was one of my best friends ... and now ... all these years later ... I still miss him!! I love you, Joel, wherever you are!

From a friend
Bonnie Jenkins Johnson
70 Winchester Road, Pinehurst, NC

15 Oct 2005

Joel (Joe to his family and friends) was my first cousin. Our Uncle Leonard Callaway taught me to drive and the day I got my driver's license Joe went with us for me to take my test. I have a picture of him and me sitting on the front of Uncle Leonard's 1955 Pontiac that was taken when we arrived back at our grandparent's house. It is one of my most treasured photographs. Joe, like so many of our brave young men today, was "Gone too soon".

God Bless you, Joe ... I will never forget you.

From a first cousin,
Brenda L. Thomas

15 Feb 2006

Joe and I grew up on the same small town although he was 3-4 years older than me. His younger sister Terri and I were in the same grade, and Cindy, his second sister, was a year behind us. Joe was the same age as my older sister. So we all kind of knew each other. I remember Joe being one of the older boys riding the school bus to Aberdeen High, keeping watch over his two sisters and threatening to smack you if you didn't behave. Not being a bully, just being an older brother and upper classman! Summers were spent at Aberdeen Lake. In the Fall, there were high school football games pulling for the Red Devils. And cruisin' The Clam Box and Crowley's Park and Eat! Then, we all grew up and were drawn into different directions. You were called to fight for your country in a war that nobody really understood. But you answered the call and for that, I thank you! You are a Hero! I know that your family misses you and I hope that God has helped them understand. You will never be forgotten. God bless you, Joe.

From a friend,
Wade Lucas

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 28 November 1971 a CH-47C (tail number 68-15866) of Company C, 159th ASHB, 101st Airborne, was tasked to conduct an administrative troop lift from Landing Zone 401 (Danang) to Camp Eagle. The lift was delayed due to extremely poor weather, but as the day progressed the weather improved sufficiently for the mission to launch. The CH-47 (PLAYTEX 866) with five crewmen aboard departed home base at 1220, arrived at LZ 401 without incident, and loaded 29 troops aboard. PLAYTEX 866 departed LZ 401 at 1310. At 1328 Hue Approach Control received a call from PLAYTEX 866 stating that he was declaring an emergency. No further contact was made with PLAYTEX 866.

Search and rescue operations were begun at 1340 but were hampered by low ceilings and intermittent rain. At 0840 hours, 2 Dec 71, an OH-6 pilot from the 2nd Bde aviation section reported sighting wreckage that appeared to be the lost CH-47 aircraft. The elevation of the crash site was approximately 650 feet and throughout the search and rescue operation the crash site was shrouded by clouds.

At 1650 2 Dec 71, Company D, 2/502nd Inf, was airlifted from Camp Eagle to a position approximately 2500 meters east of the crash site. The rescue party cut their way through the mountainous jungle terrain and arrived at the crash site at 0830 5 Dec 71.

The aircraft was located in a creek bed approximately 650 feet up the side of a mountain. It had hit a 50 degree slope with great impact causing the fuel cells to rupture and a flash fire resulted. The aircraft was completely demolished and there were no survivors.

The thirty-four men killed in the crash were

C Co, 159th ASHB, 101st Abn Div
CWO Jerald W Carter, Daleville AL CWO Joseph J Savick, Akron OH
SGT Michael A. Crawford, Henryetta, OK PFC Willie J Oaks, Beattyville KY
SP4 Raymond A Trujillo, La Puente CA  

A Co, 1st Bn, 327th Inf Rgt
SP4 Joseph A Aubain, San Juan PR PFC Vincent Bernal, Mitchell, NE
PFC John H Hare, Louisville MS SP4 Joel S Ivey, Southern Pines NC
SGT Terry G Kugler, Cullman AL 1LT Robert J Ladensack, Phoenix AZ
PFC George P Martin, Monterey Park CA SP4 Alphonza Mason, Newark NJ
SGT Robert D Maynard, Blaine WA PFC Steven J McDonald, Ketchum ID
CPT Martin K Niskanen, South Paris ME SSG Daniel E Nye, Albany NY
SP4 James E Palmer, Halifax VA SP4 Brinsley B Ramos, Washington DC
SP4 Ronald K Sweetland, Bloomingdale MI    PFC Gary D Wilson, Eureka CA
PFC Robert L Wynn, Chicago IL  

HHC, 1st Bn, 327th Inf Rgt
SP5 Ronald D Carleton, El Monte CA SP5 Billy R Coffey, Dallas TX
SSG Howard L Colbaugh, Atlanta GA SP6 Will R Dantzler, Heidelberg MS
SP4 Richard E Garretson, Anderson IN SP4 Archie T Lucy, Mobile AL
CPL Michael O Maybee, Fowler MI SP4 Oscar Paulley, Louisville KY
SP5 Roy K Stewart, Bemus Point NY SP4 William D Thompson, Auburndale FL
SSG Carl L Thornton, Gainesville GA SP5 John E Windfelder, Philadelphia PA

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