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  SP4 Joseph Champion    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Charlie Company
2nd Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 Joseph Champion, who died in the service of his country on March 21st, 1967 in Kontum Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Multi-Frag. At the time of his death Joseph was 20 years of age. He was from Decatur, Georgia. Joseph is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 16E, Line 130.

The decorations earned by SP4 Joseph Champion include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

Joseph is buried in Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, GA

Champ was the Greatest

by Jim Harris

I had the great honor of serving with Champ in Vietnam. He was truly a warm, kind, talented, honest, and caring person. I think of him often. I've tried to e-mail his relatives with remembrances on this page, but they didn't go thru. I would love to communicate with them.

(Following is a Virtual Wall post from his sister Renita Allen)

Joseph "JoJo" or "Champ" Champion

My Big Brother - who had touch so many

lives; seems to always become a topic

of discussion. How he played sports in

high school; how the Atlanta Braves took

a moment before the game to pay tribute;

his days at Morehouse, how active he was

in Church. Joe was the All-American guy

that anyone would have wanted as a Son,

Brother, Friend or just someone saying

"yeah, I know Joe Champion". This is

why he will NEVER/EVER be forgotten.

Joe, your little brother "Rap" whom

you never had the chance to see

but I know you met him in the loving

spirit when goes to his little closet

to speak to you.