Joseph Michael Turk

Specialist Five
Army of the United States
18 April 1948 - 05 September 1968
Tyler, Texas
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Combat Medic

Bronze Star (Valor), Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Joseph Michael Turk

06 Mar 2001

Mike was a guy I was friends with in elementary school and junior high. He was a guy who was always into things and was in trouble a lot for kid stuff of one kind or another. Somewhere along the way he grew up, and in the Army Mike seemed to have come into his own. I lost track of Mike over the years and did not know he had been killed in Viet Nam until many years later.

Thank you, Mike, for your sacrifice.
May God bless you.

I won't forget you.

From his friend and fellow veteran,
Robert Wren

26 Apr 2006

To the Family and Friends of Joseph Michael Turk,

I am an ROTC Cadet at the University of Texas, Austin, writing to you to let you know that though generations have passed and many faces have come and gone, the memories of the soldiers who have served this country have not. I have served in the military as a medic and understand the close bond that only soldiers can feel. I simply wish to let you know that this memorial is still being viewed and honored.

On behalf of the men and women who are still serving in the armed forces, Thank You for the sacrifices that you have made.

Sergeant Craig Robinson

05 Sep 2007

I don't know what to say. I just discovered this page. I am very moved. Thank you for this memorial to my son.

From his mother,
Dorothy Turk
E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

SP5 Joseph Turk was a combat medic and according to available records was assigned to C Company, 326th Medical Battalion, the 101st Airborne Division's organic medical unit. However, his headstone in the Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery, located in Tyler, Texas, carries the following inscription:
"HHC 506 infantry Vietnam BSM-PH"
The conclusion is that he was serving as a field medic with the 506th Infantry Regiment. The only other casualty from the 506th Infantry on 05 Sep 1968 was Sergeant Robert E. Botts of Columbus, Ohio, assigned to D Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry. While hardly conclusive, it seems likely that SP5 Turk was with D/2/506 at the time of his death.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 6 Mar 2001
Last updated 11/13/2010