Joe C. Paul
Born: April 4, 1946
Died: August 19, 1965 (age 19)
Lance Corporal Joe Calvin Paul was a 19 year old
U.S. Marine who lost his life after diverting an attack long enough to
allow the evacuation of wounded Marines during Operation Starlite near
Chu Lai, Vietnam, on August 18, 1965. LCpl Paul was posthumously awarded
the Medal of Honor on February 7, 1967 — in ceremonies in the Office
of Secretary of the Navy Paul H. Nitze, who presented the award to his
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Where was Joe Paul born?
- Williamsburg, Kentucky
- Williamsburg, Pennsylvania
- Williamsburg, Virginia
2. He attended high school for one year before
enlisting in the United States Marine Corps on April 26, 1963 in Dayton,
OH, shortly after his seventeenth birthday.
3. In August 1963, after completing recruit
training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South
Carolina, he was transferred to the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton,
California, where he underwent individual combat training with the
Second Infantry Training Regiment, graduating in October 1963.
4. He then joined Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th
Marines, 1st Marine Brigade, in Hawaii where he was promoted to private
first class in December 1963. When did he make lance corporal?
- October 1964
- December 1964
- February 1965
5. With that unit, he sailed for the Far East,
arriving in Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam on where this unit was
redesignated Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division.
When did they arrive in Vietnam?
- April 7, 1965
- May 7, 1965
- June 7, 1965
6. In violent battle, Corporal Paul's platoon
sustained five casualties as it was temporarily pinned down by
devastating mortar, recoilless rifle, automatic weapons, and rifle fire
delivered by insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in well-entrenched
positions. The wounded Marines were unable to move from their perilously
exposed positions forward of the remainder of their platoon, and were
suddenly subjected to a barrage of white phosphorus rifle grenades.
7. Corporal Paul, fully aware that his tactics
would almost certainly result in serious injury or death to himself,
chose to disregard his own safety and boldly dashed across the
fire-swept rice paddies, placed himself between his wounded comrades and
the enemy, and delivered effective suppressive fire with his automatic
weapon in order to divert the attack long enough to allow the casualties
to be evacuated.
8. Although not critically wounded during the
course of the battle, he resolutely remained in his exposed position and
continued to fire his rifle until he collapsed and was evacuated. By his
fortitude and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost
certain death, he saved the lives of several of his fellow Marines.
9. The United States Navy Knox class destroyer
escort, the USS Paul (FF-1080) (ex-DE 1080) was named for LCpl
Paul. The USS Paul was decommissioned in August 1992. When was
the ship christened and launched?
- June 20, 1970
- July 20, 1971
- June 20, 1972
10. Lance Corporal Joe Calvin Paul has his name
inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ("The Wall"). What
is the location of his name?
- Panel 02E Line 063
- Panel 12E Line 163
- Panel 22E Line 263