Henry Joseph Wilhelmi, JrSergeant
B CO, 2ND BN, 502ND INFANTRY, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
06 February 1947 - 10 June 1967
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The database page for Henry Joseph Wilhelmi, Jr
36 years ago I lost a friend. He is still my brother today, along with being the brother of all those men from our platoon. Someday we will all soar, until then may God bless and keep you, Henry Wilhelmi.
Your Friend Richard
Henry, known as Joseph to childhood friends, was a friend of my brother's. We grew up in the same neighborhood.
I found a relative of Joe's on the Classmates website forum where people talked about those classmates who were lost to the Vietnam War.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family still. February 6th would have been his 60th birthday. In June it will be 40 years since his death.
From the sister of a friend,
Sgt Wilhelmi was known as Joe by his neighborhood friends in Olney, Philadelphia. He was an extremely funny person, tough as nails, kind as can be. I remember being down the shore (Wildwood, NJ) with him on Labor Day weekend before he deployed to Vietnam. We were all drinking, having a good time, when he suddenly jumped up on the back of the couch and pretended he was 'chuting in Vietnam.
He was awarded the Silver Medal for his bravery in Vietnam, saving several of his platoon.
The world was much poorer after June 10th.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual Wall
On 10 Jun 1967 a ten-man patrol from B Company, 2/502nd Infantry was ambushed about 16 kilometers southwest of Mo Duc, Quang Nghai Province. As the patrol withdrew under fire with several wounded, one man believed to be dead had to be left behind. When a reaction force reentered the area the body could not be found. Search operations continued until 16 June but without success. Two men were lost to the ambush: SP4 Henry J. Wilhelmi, killed in action, and Pfc Robert L. Platt of Charleston, SC, missing in action.
SP4 Wilhelmi received a posthumous promotion and as noted above a Silver Star for his actions. He is buried in the Beverly National Cemetery.
PFC Platt was carried as missing in action until the Secretary of the Army approved a Presumptive Finding of Death on 02 March 1978. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant while carried as missing. His remains have not been repatriated.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 11 Jun 2003
Last updated 08/10/2009