Joe Raymond Fulghum

Army of the United States
10 September 1939 - 02 February 1967
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Panel 14E Line 107


Army Aviator

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

The database page for Joe Raymond Fulghum

24 Feb 1998

Joe flew for the 283rd Medical Detachment (Air Ambulance).
His aircraft was shot down on a medevac mission and he died while missing.
Joe was on his second tour as a helicopter pilot.

"No greater love has a man than this;
that he lay down his life for a friend."
- John 15:13 -

This page was requested by Joe's nephew,
Mark Dennison

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 02 Feb 1967 the 283rd Medical Detachment, a component of the 498th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), had a medevac helicopter shot down in Bien Hoa Province. The Huey, UH-1D tail number 65-12881, was hit by .51 caliber heavy machinegun fire and went in from about 800 feet. All aboard the aircraft were killed.

The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Association database associates only the four 283rd Med Det crewmen with this incident:

  • CPT Joe R. Fulghum, Murfreesboro, TN, pilot;
  • 1LT Alan H. Zimmerman, Midland Park, NJ, copilot;
  • SP4 Thomas M. Martinez, Pensacola, FL, medic; and
  • PFC Philip H. Johnson, Redondo Beach, CA, crew chief.
However, two other men died under exactly the same circumstances - passengers in a helicopter shot down in Bien Hoa Province on 02 Feb. UH-1D tail number 65-12881 is the only known helo loss in Bien Hoa, leading to the conclusion that these two men were aboard the aircraft:
  • CPT Marion G. Runion, Radford, VA, B Co, 1st Med Bn, and
  • PFC Luis G. Mora, Columbia, A Co, 3rd Bn, 39th Infantry

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his nephew,
Mark Dennison

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Feb 1998
Last updated 07/20/2006