35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  PFC Joe Allen Wittkop    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"

Alpha Company
1st 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, PFC Joe Allen Wittkop, who died in the service of his country on April 5th, 1968 in Kontum Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Joe was 19 years of age. He was from Duluth, Minnesota. Joe is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 48E, Line 22.

The decorations earned by PFC Joe Allen Wittkop 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.

Terry Warhol
Childhood friend
Pendleton OR
Joe was a friend growing up around Franklin School. We were in the same classes together at Washington Junior High. Always smiling and laughing, you made us feel good. Thank you Joe, for your service and sacrifice.

Skip Syvertsen
family friend
Burlington Wa
Rest In Peace Joe - you left us too early
Rest In Peace Joe - you left us too early. Joe's father was a WWII prisoner of war in the Pacific and participated in the Bataan Death March. His father and mine were close friends. My thoughts are with the his brothers and sisters and hope they are well.

Glen Carlson
Good Man
Joe was a good man, but I knew him as a boy growing up on Duluth's Central Hillside. He had a wonderful sense of humor and the seeds that would have made a good husband and father. God bless his memory on this sunny day in 2002.