Joseph enlisted and was inducted into active service in Albany, NY at the age of 19 years.
He was assigned to The USS Henrico (APA-45), an attack transport , and served as Boatswains mate, Coxswain, and Electrician’s mate, sending each paycheck home to his mother in Lansingburgh, N.Y. The Henrico saw action in the American, European-African-Middle Eastern Theatres, the Philippine Liberation and in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre. While retiring on 2 April 1945, the ship was attacked by a fast “Frances” Kamikaze diving out of a cloud formation. The family still possess a piece of metal from his Japanese aircraft. The Henrico played a prominent role in some of the United States most important wartime events. In addition to his campaign medals, Joseph was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Pin, the Combat Action Ribbon, and a commendation by C.O.
Years later, Joseph along with his wife, Helen, would enjoy attending USS Henrico Reunions as they were held throughout the country.
A wonderful son, brother, husband, father and friend….Joseph exemplified the life of a good Christian man….truly one of “The Greatest Generation”. His children, Gerry, Christine and Joseph are so very proud of their dad!