Joseph Willie Duncan
Joseph Willie Duncan was born on November 20, 1948 in Reddies River, North Carolina and was the
son of Georgia Woodie (Combs), North Wilkesboro NC and Joseph Woodie, Greensboro. He was raised by his grandmother, Lora Jane Duncan and took her name. He attended West
Wilkes High School and was employed by Carolina Poultry Company prior to entering the Army.
He graduated from Infantry Basic Training on 14 April 1969 with his next training at Advanced Individual Training with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 1st AIT Brigade, Fort Dix, New Jersey where he graduated on 14 June 1969 with the Military Occupational Specialty of 11H - Heavy Anti-Armor Weapons Infantryman. Photo below taken some time after graduation from AIT. It is also the photo on his cemetery marker in the family plot.
Upon graduation from AIT, he was placed on orders to Vietnam and took leave starting 14 June 1969 while en route to the Pacific theatre of operations. Upon arrival (21 July 1969), he was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavarly Division as an infantryman (11B).
Records show on 14 and 15 February 1970, thirteen US soldiers died in an engagement in the vicinity of 4 kilometers Northwest of Bau Tam Ung (13 Km North-Northwest of Nui Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province. They were:
Read about the St. Valentine Day's Massacre - So named by C Company, 2nd Battalion of the 8th Cavalry Regiment
Surviving were his 'mother', Lora Jane Duncan of Route 1, Millers Creek; two sisters, Mrs Thomas Crainor of Wilkesboro and Mrs Rudd Dancy of Route 1, Millers Creek; and three brothers, J.N.Woodie of Greensboro, Earl J. and James Duncan of Millers Creek. Sp4 Duncan was engaged to be married to Miss Mary Elizabeth Minton of North Wilkesboro with the wedding date set for July 20th, 1970 when he was due to return home from Vietnam. SP4 Duncan is buried in the Bullis Baptist Church Cemetery, Millers Creek, North Carolina.
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