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COL. Joseph D. Newsome

 
 
COL Joseph D. Newsome Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
1. COL Joseph D. Newsome Marker
Inscription. Joe Newsome, a Pennsylvania native, graduated from the Pennsylvania Military College in 1961 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army. During his 28-year career he served in a variety of units, including Field Artillery and Aviation. In July 1964 he completed the officer Rotary Wing Aviator course and in November of that year was bound for Vietnam. Upon his arrival at Bien Hoa he was assigned to the 118th Aviation Company of the 145th Aviation Battalion, flying UH-1B-1B (Huey) gunships. Known as the Bandits, they flew combat missions throughout the III and IV Corps areas of operation. Between December 2, 1964 and October 22, 1965, Captain Newsome was awarded the Air Medal and twenty-six Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart. he completed his tour in November of 1965 and returned to the US, where he served as a helicopter instructor and also completed training on the CH-47 (Chinook) at Fort Wolters, Texas. While at this station he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his efforts to rescue the crew of a downed helicopter and survivors of a related ground action during his tour in Vietnam. In October of 1967 he returned to Vietnam for a second tour of duty where he was assigned to the 228th Assault Support Helicopter battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airborne) as Aircraft Commander, initially flying CH-47B
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By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
2. Insert - Capt. Newsome in country
Chinook helicopters and later as Company Operations officer and Platoon Commander. During this tour of duty he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Newsome returned to the US in October of 1968 as a major. He continued to serve in different installations around the world and in many different units. He returned to Southeast Asia a third time in 1971-1972, when he was attached to the US Navy as Army Air Operations Officer with an Amphibious Task Force deployed off the coast of North and South Vietnam. he was awarded the Master Army Aviator designation in 1981 and promoted Colonel in 1983. He retired on July 31, 1989 at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Today Colonel Newsome’s papers, photographs and artifacts are a part of the extensive holdings of the US Army Heritage and Education center.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.3′ N, 77° 9.454′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Final Act – LZ Albany (here, next to this marker); The Ia Drang Battlefield (here, next to this marker); Guard Tower

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By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
3. Insert - Unit badge
(here, next to this marker); The Battle of the Ia Drang Valley (a few steps from this marker); Bill Beck and Russell Adams (a few steps from this marker); Duty (a few steps from this marker); Army Aviation in Vietnam (within shouting distance of this marker); 360 Degrees of Fire (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
Insert - Capt. Newsome and his Huey image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
4. Insert - Capt. Newsome and his Huey
Bell UH-1 Iroquois ("Huey") on display at marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
5. Bell UH-1 Iroquois ("Huey") on display at marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 17, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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