Joe Roger Melczek

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
11 February 1947 - 16 April 1968
Insko, Kentucky
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Joe Roger Melczek

17 Jun 2003


by a friend,
Tony Adkins
09 Aug 2006


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A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 3/3 Marines' Command Chronology for April 1968 includes the following entry:
"While OPCON to 3/4, a Company 'K' squad-sized killer team engaged an estimated NVA company on 16 April and was subsequently reinforced by the remainder of Company 'K' on 17 April. Twelve NVA KIAs were confirmed and two individual weapons captured, while Company 'K' suffered 5 KIA and 16 WIA Med Evacs."
The 3/4 Marines' Chronology offers additional information. The Kilo 3/3 squad was initially engaged by 20-30 NVA in a bunker complex at YD165655. The team was forced to withdraw with 1 WIA and 3 MIA members and was extracted by helo. The remainder of Kilo 3/3 moved into the area just before dark and set up a defensive position. At 0900 17 April Kilo 3/3 began to search the area and was in contact by 0920. India 3/4 was alerted and airlifted into the area shortly after noon and had linked up with Kilo 3/3 by 1435H. The two companies cleared the complex of NVA. Kilo 3/3's missing Marines were recovered by India 3/4 at 1515 - all three were dead. By late afternoon the bunker complex had been destroyed and the Marines were returned to the artillery base at C-3.

The five Marines who were killed in the engagement were

  • 1stLt Daniel J. Jaskiewicz, Grand Rapids, MI (04/16/1968)
  • Cpl John E. Malone, San Diego, CA (04/16/1968)
  • LCpl Joe R. Melczek, Insko, KY (04/16/1968)

  • LCpl Charles E. Allen, Newport News, VA (04/17/1968)
  • Pfc Alvin L. Pounds, Chicago, IL (04/17/1968)

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