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Sgt. JAMES CASEY JOYCE
US ARMY

James Casey Joyce, the son of Gail and Lieutenant Colonel Larry Joyce, was born August 15, 1969, at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Col. Joyce served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Casey graduated from Plano High School, attended the University of Texas in Austin, and the University of North Texas in Denton. In November of 1990, he enlisted in the US Army, completed Airborne training, and became a member of the Army's elite Rangers.
        In 1993, a force made up of American Soldiers, Sailor, Airmen, and Marines were sent to the African nation of Somalia to help bring stability to the country that was under the control of terrorist warlords that were reeking havoc on the people and causing mass starvation. On October 3, a raid was initiated that included 120 Rangers and Delta Force soldiers. Casey Joyce, of  B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, out of Fort Benning, Georgia, was part of that force. The story of the mission is told in the book and movie, "Black Hawk Down." In the running battle that lasted for hours, 18 American boys were killed and 73 wounded. Over 2500 Somalis lay dead or wounded. Sgt. Casey Joyce was killed as he attempted to save the life of one of his fellow soldiers.
        Casey Joyce is buried among the heroes of our country in Arlington National Cemetery. In 1999, his father, Lt. Col. Larry E. Casey, a hero of Vietnam, died, and was laid to rest next to his son. 

Medals Awarded:
BRONZE  STAR
PURPLE  HEART
COMBAT  INFANTRYMAN'S  BADGE
 

CASEY JOYCE Casey Joyce Arlington National Cemetery Bronze Star Medal

 

Bronze Star Ribbon

Combat Infantryman's Badge

 

Links to read about the life and death of Casey Joyce
Arlington National Cemetery
Lt. Col. Larry Joyce Arlington Natl. Cemetery
Night Stalkers
Newsday - Mission in Somalia
Ambush in Mogadishu PBS
Movie - "Blackhawk Down"
Who's Who in the movie - "Blackhawk Down"
Somalia Operation Restore Hope casualty list
The late Col. David Hackworth was the most decorated soldier in the War in Vietnam. He was a close friend of Larry Joyce and knew Casey when he was a child. This is a speech he gave before the Los Angeles World Affairs Council in 1996.
Speech

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