Joseph N Hargrove

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
15 May 1951 - 21 July 1976
Mount Olive, North Carolina
Panel 01W Line 130


Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Joseph N Hargrove

26 May 2002

Lost during the MAYAGUEZ incident.
His remains have not been repatriated.

I wear his MIA bracelet,
Michael R. Dove
Coopersburg, Pa

06 Dec 2002

There really aren't any words to describe how I feel about the whole Mayaguez mess. I pray you are at peace.


07 Feb 2003

Out of a box full of MIA bracelets, I happened to pick the bracelet with LCpl Joseph Hargrove's name on it. I was not looking for any name in particular - his was the first one I touched. I guess now, in a way, he's touched me.

I was only a little kid when LCpl Hargrove went missing and can only imagine what he had to face. I do know, however, that as a brother Marine, whatever happened to him and wherever he may be, it is an honor to carry on for him. I may be going soon on a mission, and I hope that I will be as honorable and determined as he is.

"Gwladgarwyr Tra Mād
Tros Ryddid Collasant Eu Gwaed"
(Patriots To The Core,
For Freedom They Shed Their Blood)

Semper Fidelis.

LCpl F.A. Race, Delta Co 4th LAR

19 Feb 2003

I wear Joseph's bracelet and I am proud to say that. I will not give up the hope that he one day will be found. May God be with them all.


09 Mar 2003

We remember.

E-mail will be forwarded by the

29 Feb 2004


I never knew you, but I did know one of the three left behind - he was PFC Danny G. Marshall. He was and always will be dear to my heart, he was my best friend.

Like you and Gary he was left behind on that God forsaken island by people who had no heart at all. How anyone could do what was done to the three of you I guess only God knows for sure.

But thanks to a man named Ralph Wetterhahn and his book "The Last Battle" we now know what really happened to all three of you, and we know that you are in heaven looking down wondering why.

And I want to tell you something that the Marines and our Government never told you: "JOB WELL DONE, Joseph".

From a friend of one that was lost with Joseph,
Teleah Cross
404 West 2nd Street, Williamstown, W. V. 26187

25 Jun 2004

Dear Joseph,

It has been many years since I have seen you and walked the same ground with you as a fellow Marine to protect our country and way of life. I shall never ever forget you, my Brother, and the other two Marines who were with you that day. I never thought the Brother I shared life with and went around the world with would be left behind, many tears and sorrows filled my heart the night I found out the truth and all this info on the net and learned the truth of what did happen. May God bring us back together for we can share our friendship once again. May your families scars heal and God comfort their hearts until that time comes.

Love from a fellow Marine who served with Joesph,
Charles S Roddy Jr. L/Cpl
Monroe County, Ohio

1 Apr 2005

I also wear a bracelet for Joseph and have prayed for his family since 1989. I hope that they are well and I continue to pray for his safe return.

E-Mail will be forwarded by the

05 Sep 2005

Yesterday a man came up to me in church and noticed my bracelet. "Thank you for wearing that," he said.
"Did you know Joseph?" I asked.
"No," he said. "But I don't have to."

I didn't know Joseph either yet I remember him every day. It is not a matter of what was just or fair, or what should have been done and wasn't. It is now a matter of respect and honor. Thank you Joseph, thank you for being you and for caring for me... for caring for everyone back home. You are truly not forgotten.

"Remember those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."- Hebrews 13:3

From one who remembers.

11 Apr 2006

I went to the Army/Navy store. There were so many bracelets there, but I guess Joseph Hargrove just ... stood out. I've never taken it off since. We went to Washington DC on a school field trip. I am only thirteen years old, but although I don't know Joseph - I've never met him - but it still means so much.

E-Mail will be forwarded by the

02 May 2006

Joseph Hargrove was my mother's father's cousin. Thank you for all the kind words. Of course I never knew him but have heard a lot of stories about him. I'm proud to know that my family member gave all for our country.

God be with us all!
Chrystal Evans
102 Turning Pt
Stockbridge, Ga 30281

12 Nov 2006

Just wanted to say I wear your bracelet and pray you are at peace.
Marine Wife! Semper Fi.....


04 Jul 2007

I have worn Joseph's bracelet for so many years, now decades, that its edges are worn too sharp to wear any more. But I keep it close and pray for Joseph and his family.

Semper Fidelis

From a former Marine,
Darlene Parr

16 Jan 2008

I wear LCpl Hargrove's bracelet and think about him and his family every day. Rest in peace.

Kyle Smith

The Mayaguez Incident

After the fall of Cambodia and South Vietnam to the Communists, Cambodian forces captured the US-registered ship SS MAYAGUEZ, taking her to the offshore island of Koh Tang. President Gerald Ford directed that the ship should be recaptured and her crew freed by use of force.

The USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43) battle group and an assault group from the 9th Marines were directed to land on the island and retake the ship and crew. Although intelligence estimates indicated that the island was lightly held, in fact there were a considerable number of Cambodian troops in place - and they had hand-held weapons suitable for use against helicopters.

The Marines staged through U-Tapao RTAFB in Thailand and were landed by USAF CH-53A helicopters. As the helicopters approached shore, the aircraft were taken under fire and four were brought down:

  • One had disembarked its troops and ditched offshore; the crew was picked up.
  • One went down in the surfline and all aboard made it ashore.
  • One went down in the surfline with a single casualty.
  • One went down offshore; eleven Marines and two Navy Corpsmen were not rescued.
In a sense the rescue effort was successful - the ship was recaptured and its 39 crewmen recovered - but the cost was high: 50 wounded and 17 unaccounted for ... 14 servicemen believed killed in the downed helicopters, one known dead Marine whose body could not be recovered, and three missing Marines ashore (Pfc Gary Hall, LCpl Joseph Hargrove, and Pvt Danny Marshall).

Eventually the US and Cambodian governments agreed to attempt the recovery of remains from the raid and in 1995 a number of human remains were repatriated. During May and June of 2000, the US government announced the positive identification of nine of the missing men.

As of 03 Apr 2005 nine men who participated in the MAYAGUEZ raid haven't come home:

  • 21st SOS, 56th SOW, 7th AF
  • E Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines
  • G Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines
    • Pfc Daniel A. Benedett, Auburn King, WA
    • Pfc James J. Jacques, Denver, CO
    • LCpl Ashton N. Loney, Albany, NY
    • Pfc James R. Maxwell, Center Ridge, AR

  • H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines
    • Pfc Richard W. Rivenburgh, San Diego, CA

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Michael R. Dove
Coopersburg, Pa

Top of Page

Virtual Wall icon

Back to
To alpha index H
NC State Index . Panel 01W

With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 May 2002
Last updated 02/15/2008