Our Fathers - Our Tributes

Cpl. Joseph Walter
1st Force Reconnaissance Company of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division

Service in VietnamĀ 
1968 – 1968

Location of Casualty
Thau Thien

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Today is Easter, 2018… a beautiful reminder that I will see you again some day! Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you! I can’t believe it’s been over 50 years now since I saw you last..that makes my heart so sad, but I cherish the memories I have of you and am so thankful to see you in your grandchildren. Josh really looks a lot like you! He’s your age now when you were over in Vietnam… I can’t believe it… Natasha also has your beautiful smile!

I am thankful for your brothers that made it home! They are like family to me now. I know you had a heavenly hand involved in bringing us all together so many years ago. They keep you alive and close! The younger Force Recon Marines also honor and remember your sacrifice.
As you know, two years ago I followed in your footsteps over in Vietnam…It was just one more piece of getting to know you as a Marine. I am SO VERY PROUD OF YOU! YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!!

You are in our hearts every day until we meet again face to face.

I love you so very very much! I miss you more than you can imagine! I am so very thankful and proud to be your daughter!!! I send love and hugs to heaven as I do every day! Always and forever, your loving daughter, Kimberlee

Cpl Joseph Lyons received the purple heart and the silver star.


The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Joseph Walter Lyons (2315470), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 5, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Lyons upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.