Joseph T. Williams

Date of Birth: 08/20/1944
Neighborhood: West Philadelphia
High School: Benjamin Franklin High School
Street: W. Columbia Avenue
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: SP4
Date of Casualty: 09/23/1966
Province of Casualty:
Philadelphia Memorial Panel: Panel 33
Panel Row: 8

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Williams was killed by enemy fire on Sept. 23, 1966, while running across an open field to help a severely wounded buddy. He was always helping others, his mother recalled, and frequently quoted from the Bible. He once wrote home from Vietnam: "Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for a friend," The 22-year-old Army specialist four was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. A rifleman, he had been assigned to Company A of the 2nd Battalion. 12th Cavalry. 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Williams had attended Benjamin Franklin High School. He was survived by his parents. six brothers and three sisters.

Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial