New Whiteland in Johnson County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Joseph E. Proctor
Joseph E. Proctor
SGT US Army
Killed in action May 3, 2006
Awarded Silver Star
WCHS Graduate 1987
When I first arrived on the scene 15 minutes after the blast, a lightly wounded Iraqi approached me and told me “Proctor kill driver. Make truck stop.”
The first realization was how incredibly wrong I was in my assessment of the Iraqi’s story. The second realization was how clear it became that Proctor had done what very few men in this world could ever imagine.
A dump truck packed with an estimated 350 lbs. of explosives charged the strong point and breached the wall. Before it could make it to the barracks area where dozens sleep, the driver was shot dead by Sergeant Joe Proctor.
Proctor, without hesitation, opened fire on the truck, which was bearing down on him, killing the driver and bringing the vehicle to a stop. Seconds later the vehicle detonated, killing Sergeant Proctor, and Marine Corps Captain (Brian) Letendre instantly.
Sergeant Joseph Proctor need not be made more of in death than he was in life. In a world full of phonies, Proctor told it like it was.
In his absence we mourn him, comforted by the knowledge that he died the way he lived, standing yards taller than his frame, with courage and strength.
Location. 39° 33.828′ N, 86° 6.646′ W. Marker is in New Whiteland, Indiana, in Johnson County. Marker is on Tracy Road west of Road N25W, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Whiteland IN 46184, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Birthplace of Banking in Greenwood (approx. 3.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3½ miles away); J. T. Polk Canning Co. (approx. 3½ miles away); James T. and Laura Polk Community House (approx. 3.6 miles away); Glade-Dobbins Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); Two Cent Road and Three Notch Road (approx. 3.9 miles away); First Church, School and Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away); Bargersville School (approx. 4.1 miles away).
Categories. • War, 2nd Iraq •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 15, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.