RIVERA, JOE LEWIS  

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Casualty Record

 

Name:
RIVERA, JOE LEWIS


Rank / Branch:
CPL E-3, U.S. ARMY


Unit:
4TH INFANTRY DIVISIO


Date of Birth:
1948-12-01


Date of Loss:
1970-02-25


Country of Loss:
SOUTH VIETNAM


Loss Coordinates:
BINH DINH


Status:
HOSTILE, GUN SHOT


Category:
BODY RETURNED


Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground:
GROUND


Awards & Decorations:
SEE BIO


Other:
SINGLE

 

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Veteran Hagiography

JOE LEWIS RIVERA, CORPORAL, U.S. ARMY, KERMIT, WINKLER COUNTY, TEXAS

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal

BIOGRAPHY

Joe Lewis Rivera was born in Balmorhea, Reeves County, Texas and spent his youth in Kermit. He was known by his nick name, Corky. 
He attended Kermit schools and was active in football, basketball and baseball. He graduated from Kermit High School in late 68. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 1969.




Kermit High School 1966

Kermit High School-1967



He completed basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas and AIT in infantry at Fort Ord, California. He began his tour in Vietnam on November 21, 1969. He was assigned as an infantryman with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He was killed in a firefight with NVA forces on February 25, 1970.



Kermit Cemetery, Kermit, Texas


Joe received a posthumous promotion to Corporal and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. He was buried with full military honors in Kermit, Texas.

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