Walter Joseph Wetzel
"Attached please find a photo of my brother. Would you please post it to the Virtual Wall" wrote
Judy Wetzel, sister of PFC Walter Joseph Wetzel, known as 'Jo' to the family.
-- The Virtual Wall, April - May 2013
Walter 'Jo' Wetzel was born on September 16, 1944 and grew up in Howard Beach, New York. An avid athlete,
he attended the local grammar school (Our Lady of Grace) where he starred in both baseball and basketball, St. John's Preparatory School
and Far Rockaway High School where he played varsity basketball.
The photo below is Jo with his mom (Lillian) (left) and 'Granny' (Catherine Wetzel) after basic training while home on leave.
PFC Wetzel started his tour of Vietnam on May 8, 1966 and was killed in action 21 days later during the battle
of LZ 10 Alpha. On 10 May, the 3rd Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division launced Operation Paul Revere I. This was essentially a border
surveillance operation in the vicinity of the Chu Pong Mountain, Duc Co, and Plei Me Special Forces Camp. There were three major contacts
during Phase III of the operation. The first two phases of the operation has been completed by May 17 without any enemy contacts. The largest
of the Phase III contacts, the one in which Jo was killed, took place from May 28 to May 31, 1966.
PFC Walter Joseph Wetzel is buried in Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.
He is buried with his parents and
Visit their memorial page to see the family markers to include that of Jo's father, also a veteran who served in the Navy during
World War II.
-- The Virtual Wall, 05/29/2013
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