Joe Edward RaberSergeant
C CO, 1ST BN, 5TH INFANTRY, 25 INF DIV
Army of the United States
14 October 1950 - 16 May 1970
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The database page for Joe Edward Raber
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REMEMBEREDby his comrades in the
5th Infantry - the Bobcats
Joe was my best friend. We grew up together from babies, he was 1 and 1 half months older than me. He joined the Army when we graduated and was killed in Viet Nam 16 May 1970. When he came home me and his other friends here at home carried him to his final resting place.
On December 10, 1970, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Raber of Holden were presented Joe's decorations. Major Robert G. Eveleth presented the medals at the Rabers' home. Joe received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, and National Defense Medal. He had also received the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
I'd like to hear from anyone who could tell me about Joe and his time in Viet Nam and how his last days were. I just want to know more, it's hard to lose a buddy even after all these years. Just wish I could have been there to help.
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 16 May 1970 C Company, 1/5th Infantry, was on stand-down at the Tay Ninh base camp. In the evening, while Company members were waiting for a show to start, a soldier from the 125th Signal Battalion fired his M-16 into the gathering. Two men were killed, SGT Joe E. Raber and CPL Gary R. White of Hewett, West Virginia. A number of others were wounded.
The soldier, SP4 James E. Paul, was later convicted by Court Martial of two counts of voluntary manslaughter and ten counts of assault to commit voluntary manslaughter.
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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 Nov 2002
Last updated 05/06/2007