Joel was the manager of his high school basketball team, and was also involved in the high school business club. Date of birth: 24 January 1948 Date tour began: 21 December 1968 Date of casualty: 11 February 1969 Home of record: Oregon City, Oregon Branch and Rank: Army, Corporal, Infantry Indirect Fire Crewman Unit: 1st 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, D Company Awards: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge Location of name on the Vietnam Wall: 32W, 12
Location of service: South Vietnam, Long Khanh province Died through hostile action .. small arms fire
Schools Attended: Oregon City High School Burial location: Willamette National Cemetery Memorials: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Washington, DC), Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Portland), Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Portland), Oregon City High School Memorial Garden
The Oregonian, Friday, February 14, 1969 Oregon City GI Killed Pfc. Joel L. Gabriel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Gabriel, Oregon City, was killed in action in Vietnam, his parents were notified Thursday. His death brings the total Oregon men killed in Vietnam to 423, according to the Associated Press figures.
The Oregonian, Sunday, February 23, 1969 GABRIEL – Pfc. Joel Lynn, 21, late of Oregon City, Vietnam, Feb. 11; son of Mr. and Mrs. Louie Gabriel; brother of Lula Johnson of Yamhill, Freda Arnold, Portland; grandson of Mr. and Mrs. George Dickinson, Portland, Mr. and Mrs. C.N. Talbott, Ilwaco, Wn. Military services Wed. Feb. 26, 11 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Portland Ave. at West Linn. COCHRAN’S SUNSET CHAPEL, 260 Oatfield Rd., Gladsone, in charge of arrangements. Interment Willamette National Cemetery.
my aunt's love. I never actually knew you, for i was born in 1995, years after you lost your life. my aunt was recently over at my milwaukie home where she told me about her friends who died in vietnam, and mentioned a boyfriend who also lost his life there, you. she talked about you and the years she spent in high school with you. she talked about how much you meant to her and i know she misses you. so for a christmas present, i decided for christmas to rub your name from the wall and find your picture, print it out and frame it, i know she'll love it. rest in peace Joel, and god bless you.