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  SGT Joe Robert DeBault    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"

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, SGT Joe Robert DeBault, who died in the service of his country on June 15th, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Mine while accompanying APCs near LZ Liz. At the time of his death Joe was 19 years of age. He was from Pharr, Texas. Joe is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 21E, Line 104.

The decorations earned by SGT Joe Robert DeBault include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, 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.

Joe was the son of Guadalupe and Glenn DeBault. He is buried in Magic Valley Cemetery, Las Milpas, Texas

Donato Gomez, Jr.
Friend of his sister, Glenda.
218 W Clark St
Pharr, TX 78577 U.S.A.
St Margarets Catholic School & PSJA H.S. Hero
I still remember Robert when we were in Catholic school in Pharr, Texas. He was a few grades behind me, but I still remember him playing baseball in the schools playground. While I was practicing Pony League, he was also practicing Little League and I still remember his "awkward" batting style. but, a successful one! To me, Robert was a quiet young man, I guess because we never got to know each other well. Maybe his close friends knew him better! I just know that he was a good student and never got in trouble with the Nuns at our school. The whole city of Pharr is proud of you, Robert! You are a true Hero! May you rest in peace. A fellow veteran, A3C Gomez, Donato Jr. USAF