Joseph Angel Mena

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
14 January 1947 - 13 May 1968
City Of Commerce, California
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Joseph Angel Mena

15 May 2008

I was 2 weeks shy of my second birthday when you died. My big brother used to play with your little brother. I remember my parents used to speak highly of you but by that time you were gone. A couple of years ago, with the help of a friend, I was able to find your grave. Thank you for fighting for freedom. I wish I could have known you. Semper Fi.

From a neighbor,
Anthony Chavez (Sgt USMC 84-96)
E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In May 1968 the 2nd Bn, 22nd Infantry was responsible for securing Highway QL-1 from Hoc Mon to Trang Bang. On 13 May A Company encountered an enemy force in the vicinity of Bau Dieu hamlet, on QL-1 about 8 kilometers east-southeast of Trang Bang. Other elements of the battalion, as well as air support, joined in what became an all-day fight that left 28 men dead - 19 NVA/VC and 9 Americans:
  • A Company:
    • SP4 Joseph A. Mena, City of Commerce, CA
    • CPL Richard D. Wood, Goldsmith, IN
    • PFC James D. Hess, Gaston, OR
    • PFC James E. Mays, Hamilton, OH
    • PFC Patrick V. McNearney, Oakland, CA
    • PFC Kevin H. Ross, New York, NY

  • B Company:
    • SP4 Dan P. Vannoy, Landenberg, PA

  • C Company:
    • PFC Andrew L. Heider, Neenah, WI

  • HQ Company:
    • SGT Michael C. Wittevrongel, Shannon, IL, medic w/ A/2/22

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 15 May 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009