Joaquim Vaz Rebelo

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
01 September 1946 - 13 May 1967
Newark, New Jersey
Panel 19E Line 110


Silver Star

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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05 Dec 2006

I am trying to locate anyone who would know one of the following, who paid the ultimate price. We were classmates and graduated together, but lost contact with one another once they were sent to a land I barely knew existed. Please if someone should recognize one or both please email me. I have been trying so hard to locate each for a long time.

Leon Earl Bell, Corporal, Marine, KIA 7/2/67 Quang Tri S Vietnam, home town was Newark, NJ. I believe the unit was Bravo 1 9 Company. We called Leon "Ding Dong" because of his last name. He wanted to be a pro basketball player.

Joaquim Vaz Rebelo, Lance Corporal, Marine, KIA 5/13/67 Quang Nam S Vietnam, home town Newark, NJ. We called him Jack. I do not know what unit he was with. He was born in Portugal, became a citizen, and died for a country that he loved.

I know they are both home now and at a place of peace.

From a friend and schoolmate,
Madelyn Robertson

02 May 2007

I turned around
We had just graduated High School
As I turned around
You were my friend to see
As I turned around
You were called to fight
I turned again and you were gone
It will be 40 years ago that you were called away
It was time for you to go
It was time for me to stay
When I am called away
I hope that when I turn around again it will be you I see
I hope that when you turn and look you will recognize me

From a friend,

17 Jul 2007

Jack: I went to the Wall today
I could hear you calling me
I found you right away
I said a silent prayer that only you could hear
In my mind I wondered why
Why did you have to die?
I touched your name and I could hear you telling me not to question why
I can still hear your voice in my heart
You're telling me that there is no time nor place that can ever break us apart
I'm sorry that I could not stay
But I promise that I will be back to see you again on another day


29 Sep 2007

Jack: I went back to see you again today
I told you I would be back on another day
I talked to you as if you were there
It really is too emotional to bear
I miss you and all the good times we knew
I'm sorry that they could not continue
So I said a silent prayer that only you could hear
I'll hold all my memories so dear
Eventually I start to shed a tear
So, again I must be strong, because it is time to go
I'll say Bye for now and I will be back again just to let you know


Best friends and schoolmates,
Madelyn Robertson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Bravo and Delta Companies of the 1st Bn, 1st Marines were allotted to Operation UNION on 12 May under OPCON of the 5th Marines, returning on 16 May. During the four-day period the two companies accounted for 137 VC killed and captured 3 POWs - but they also lost five Marines and four Navy Corpsmen:
  • B Co, 1st Bn, 1st Marines:
  • H&S Co, 1st Bn, 1st Marines:
    • HM2 Anthony W. Key, Houston, TX
    • HM3 Robert E. Burns, South Attleboro, MA
    • HM3 David L. Cooper, Milwaukie, OR
    • HN David N. Cummings, Rogue River, OR

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend and schoolmate,
Madelyn Robertson

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 05 Dec 2006
Last updated 02/22/2008