Joseph Edward RobleLance Corporal
E CO, 2ND BN, 26TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
21 March 1947 - 16 September 1968
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The database page for Joseph Edward Roble
Joseph Roble was a brave Marine, a good man, and my cousin.
At the time of his death I was serving as an Army medic in Danang. I know the terrible battles he and his friends encountered, and I respect them for giving so much to defend the freedom of the South Vietnamese people.
May God bless, and the nation honor, the young men like Joe Roble who answered our nation's call and valiantly perished to preserve its principles.
Semper Fi, Marines!
Edwin F. Roble Jr.
He's been gone 35 years now.
Semper Fi, Joe. We lived a few hundred feet apart, yet I don't know if we ever met. Your brother and I both followed your path into the Marine Corps. You'd be so proud of him. He's a teacher now.
You'll never know how many lives you've touched. Semper Fi, Joe.
From a friend and neighbor,
37 Years today, but still feels like it just happened. We miss your ornery smile. We tell our children of you so they may realize what an uncle they had and in hopes to instill some of your integrity and character. You were a beautiful soul! Thank God we had you at least for those short 21 years. That was all you needed to make your mark. I miss you, my beautiful brother.
From his sister,
Notes from The Virtual WallOn 13 Sep 1968 the four rifle companies of 2/26 Marines were helilifted to LZ Margo in the Cam Lo River valley about 12 miles west of Cam Lo itself. 2/26's "mission was to find, fix, and destroy all enemy units and installations in the Area of Operations." The Marines initiated aggressive sweeps all around LZ Margo, eliciting violent action from the North Vietnamese regulars who occupied the area. During the period 16-19 September, LZ Margo endured extraordinary mortar attacks, as well as occasional artillery fire from NVA positions within the Demilitarized Zone; these fires resulted in the deaths of 28 Marines over the four days. The 2/26 Command Chronology for September 1968 contains the following entry:
"16 Sep - At 161520H BLT 2/26 CP received a total of 158 82mm mortar rounds at XD 901611. Mortars were firing from [four different areas]. Returned fire initially with machine guns and small arms, then used 81mm [mortars] and artillery. The attack resulted in 21 USMC KIA, 135 USMC WIA, and 6 USMC NBC."Eight men from Echo 2/26 are known to have died from the mortar attack on 16 Sep:
The Bronze Star Medal was presented to his mother, Mrs. Anna Roble, on 03 July 1998, almost 30 years after Joe Roble's death. The action described below took place on 15 September 1968; Echo 2/26 lost Cpl Stanley R. Pettit and had 6 other men wounded in action.
Lance Corporal Roble was killed in action the following day.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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