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Jerry Lupo
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My Brother SP5 Joe Lupo served with HHC 2d Bn  (mech) 2d Inf he was killed on August 26, 1967. I hope to find someone who may have known him or was with him the day he passed on.

 

Thank you

 

His Brother

 

Jerry

Tom Copeland
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Can you tell me a little more about what your brother did in HHC?

 

Recon, Cook, Medic, Clerk, etc.

 

I arrived in Vietnam very close to the same time he did and was in HHC.  HHC was made up of lots of different job functions (MOS) so knowing what he did might help locate someone who knew him.  Also, if you have more information than that listed below it would also help.  The name rings a bell but the bell is pretty rusty so any info you can add would be a help.

 

I took this information off the internet and hope this is the right guy.

 

Tom Copeland

 

JOSEPH CHARLES LUPO

SP5 - E5 - Army - Selective Service
1st Infantry Division
24 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on May 18, 1943
From MASSAPEQUA, NEW YORK
Length of service 1 year.
His tour of duty began on Feb 09, 1967
Casualty was on Aug 26, 1967 in BINH DUONG, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died of wounds
GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
Body was recovered
Religion
ROMAN CATHOLIC

Panel 25E - - Line 47

Jerry
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Tom

 

I thank you for replying to my message. My brother was a Medic. From what I have been told they were on a medical resupply mission when the APC he was on ran over a land mine. He was taken to the 24th evac where he later passed on.

 

I have letters from his CO which stated that on the 27th of August they had a service and 172 men attended. I will get the name off of those letters and see if that will help you.

 

Yes the information you have found is my brother.

 

I thank you for time and help.

 

Jerry Lupo

Tom Copeland
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Jerry,

 

I made contact with Col John Pelton, who was the Battalion Commander of the 2/2 when your brother was killed.  He sent me the following information to pass along to you.

 

Tom

 

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Dear Tom,

I remember the day SP5 Joe Lupo was hit. I had just landed in the chopper when there was a huge explosion. Pieces of the APC rained down all around us. The 50 cal landed out near the battalion perimeter. At first we weren't sure what had happened - thought it might be incoming. Someone from the TOC yelled that an APC had hit a mine. Actually it was a 500 lb GP bomb that had dudded in some operation long before we went into that position. I remember feeling lucky that it wasn't me because I had gone over that exact spot in a jeep going out to the perimeter at first light stand-to.

The battalion had just been in that position one night. Joe was driving the morning sick call guys from A Company up to Battalion Aid to be seen by the Doctor and hit the dud only a few yards from the Aid station. Joe was evacuated within minutes and we heard later that he'd died. Our Doctor was able to treat him immediately until the Dust-off got there. I think we were lucky to have a Doctor that understood Infantry - he had the Expert Infantryman's Badge from his enlisted service before medical school.

I don't know where CPT Johnston is now - but I did run into him on the first day of my second tour in Viet Nam - he was working in the G3 section of USARV at that time. We were down to 1 battalion of the 1st Cav Division and a few helicopter companies. When the Cav. left, our local security was a company of Montangards - under command of a US seven man cadre. They were good - well trained.

I was completing my tour in Viet Nam when I was given command of 2/2. I'd done 4 months in the 25th as XO of 2/27 Infantry, plus time in USARV in a desk job. When I was asked if I wanted a battalion for 4 months - I jumped at the chance.

After Viet Nam I went to West Point as a tactical officer, then got a chance to command as battalion - 2/22 Inf. at Ft Carson under MG Bernard Rogers. MG Rogers had been Assistant Division Commander of the Big Red One, then Commandant of Cadets at West Point before being promoted to command the 5th Division (redisignated as 4th Division) at Ft Carson.

When I was doing my initial walk-around of 2/22 I ran into a S/Sgt., whose name I can't remember just now, who had been a mortar squad leader in B/2/2 when I commanded 2/2 in Viet Nam. Small world.

Thank you for your most gracious comments - it was my good fortune to be part of Daring and I treasure the soldiers I knew there - they have always been in my daily prayers.

If there is anything else I can do - please let me know.

Most sincerely,

John DeW. Pelton, Sr

COL (USA Ret)

Tom Copeland
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I continue to have conversations with Jerry Lupo about his brother, SP5 Joe Lupo who was KIA in Vietnam.

 

Joe was a Medic attached to A Company when he was killed, August 26, 1967.  He was driving an APC when it hit a 500 pound bomb.

 

I have attached a photos of Joe when he entered Basic Training and during Operation Paul Bunyan.  There is also another photo dated July 7, 1967 that I think was taken North of Lai Khe in a large area of elephant grass.

 

If you were with A, or HHC Company from February - August 1967 and have any remembrance of Joe, his brother would love to hear from you.

 

Tom


Tom Copeland
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Jerry,
 
I just got off the phone with a medic who went to Vietnam with your brother and he gave me the contact information for another medic who was with Joe when he was killed.  Both of these guys knew Joe very well and have agreed to talk to you about him, his time in Vietnam, and how he died.
 
I truly feel Joe has been guiding me to these people and he is here now with me as I type this email to you.  As always his photo is laying here on my desk and he has a little smile on his face.
 
The guy who called me is Joe Tackett.  He told me the story of how he, Robert Fazio and Joe were each assigned as medics to the various platoons in A company while it was stationed at Soui Da, near the Black Virgin Mountain.
 
Here is their contact info:
 
Joe Tackett - A Company Medic, 67-68
974 Borderline Road
Williamson, WV  25661
Joe is putting together a package to send you and should be putting it in the mail sometime next week.
 
 
Robert Fazio - A Company Medic, 67-68
3 Paul Michael Way
Stoneham, MA  02180
Robert was on the APC with Joe when it hit the bomb.  I just spoke with him and he would like to talk to you about Joe.  I gave him your home address and he is going to try to find your phone number.
 
Robert Fazio has also been in contact with Dr. Joel Rosenthal.  Dr. Rosenthal was the Battalion Surgeon and was the first to work on Joe following the explosion.  I found Dr. Rosenthal's address listed on the 1st Infantry Division Association Members Page and forwarded that to you in a separate e-mail.
 
Jerry, I feel fantastic right now.  I can never thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to go through this experience with you.
 
Tom Copeland
 
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For those who fought for it,
freedom has a flavor the
protected will never know.
Tom Copeland
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Can anyone identify these people?

 

I just got these photos of several Medics from the 2/2, taken in 1967.

 

In the 1st picture, "Medics1", the guy on the far right is Joe Lupo.

 

In the 2nd picture, "Medics2", Joe in on the far left in the back.

 

We are looking for the names of the other guys.

 

Tom


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