William Francis Joyce
William, the son of William A. Joyce and Louise A. Joyce (pre-deceased
her son) of Brockton Massachusetts, enlisted in the US Marine Corps on April 4, 1963 in Boston Massachusetts. He was
initially assigned to Headquarters Company, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV that landed in Chu Lai Vietnam on August 14, 1965. They
went under operational control of the 3d MARDIV (Rein) FMF after landing.
On February 19, 1966 Joyce was reassigned for duty with Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines.
Initial casualty reports for Charlie Company included the ten names above - and a "Pfc Richard Joseph Preskenis", who was very much alive near Boston, Massachusetts, and not at all a U.S. Marine. It developed that William F. Joyce, who had been rejected by his draft board, had used the identify of Richard Preskenis, a childhood friend's brother when he enlisted in the Marines in 1963. Richard Preskenis' name is the only civilian name engraved on The Wall in Washington D.C.
PFC Joyce is buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Stoughton, Massachusetts.
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