Joselane, Howard Leo, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 0302, III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)
Service Years
1962 - 1968

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1938
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by 1stLt Lawrence G. Ward (Mustanger aka SSJO)-Deceased to remember Marine Capt Howard Leo Joselane.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Chicago

Casualty Date
Feb 08, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
38E 031 / Sec: 6, Site: 9272-17

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1962, Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA), OCS
  1962, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), TBS
 Unit Assignments
III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)
  1967-1968, 0302, III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Battle of Duong Lam
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)/Battle at Cam Le Bridge
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Last Known Activity
Captain Joselane was the CO of Combined Action Company ECHO 4. They were in the Lo Giang hamlet, just south of the Cam Le Bridge over the Cau Do River. Early on 8 Feb 1968 ECHO 4 was taken under attack by a mixed force of NVA/VC seemingly intent on attacking the DaNang Air Base. ECHO 4 was unfortunate enought to be in the path of a regimantal-size unit. ECHO 4 was getting desperate - they were running out of ammunition supplementing their supplies with AK-47's and ammunition from dead NVA/VC soldiers. A 17-man force, led by Captain Joselane departed ECHO Company headquarters at Hoa Vang by truck, crossed the Cam Le Bridge, and started on foot up the dirt road toward the ECHO 4 compound.

As the relief force approached a tree line surrounding the hamlet it came nose-to-nose with 250-300 NVA/VC troops- a situation with only one possible outcome. Captain Joselane and his Marines fought valiantly, but they were hopessly out-numbered and out-gunned. Captain Joselane's last radio reports to the ECHO headquarters at Hoa Vang were "...we're getting chewed up...we're not going to get out...there are too many...they're all over us. Don't send anyone else in here...Tell my wife I love her..." When the second reaction force went in of the 9th of Feb 1968 the found one badly wounded survivor, twelve dead and three missing.
   
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