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.
WE ALL LOVE YOU AND WE KEEP YOU ALIVE!!
CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU AGAIN
YOUR SISTER " NITA"