Joseph William Devlin

First Lieutenant
HMM-364, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
01 August 1943 - 08 March 1970
Merrick, NY
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Naval Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Joseph William Devlin

11 Sep 2003

On 08 March 1970, 1st Lt Joe Devlin launched with Major Fred Locke as his copilot on a logistics flight to the area known as "The Coal Mines". As they crossed the village of Dai Loc, where Route 4 crosses the Song Ai Nghia river southwest of Da Nang, Lt Devlin was hit in the neck by one AK-47 round. This round killed Joe instantly and ricocheted through the cockpit, hitting Major Locke in the right wrist. Although wounded, Major Locke managed to recover the aircraft and fly it to a helo pad at the Naval Support Activity, Da Nang.

Joe Devlin, and the other Purple Foxes who served in Vietnam, are remembered by the women who waited at home, whether mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, or friends. Those women, the

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A memorial initiated by the
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HMM-364 and the Purple Foxy Ladies,
Frank Gulledge, Point Man 
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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