| Background | 1st Letter Home | Training
at Croft | Hurricane |
Shipping Out | To Bastonge
| Battle of Bulge | News From
Home | Prisoners Captured | VE
Day | Still in Europe |
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on Dec 7, 1941, the United States entered WWII. When the war began, Joe was a 19-year-old working for RCA. As a 20-year-old, he married the love of his life, Anne. Their first daughter, Helen, was born ten months later.
Because he was an employee of a wartime industry, Joe was entitled to an exemption from the draft. However, he saw all his friends being drafted and didn't feel it would be fair for him to stay home while others had to serve. In May 1944 Joe entered the Army and began a path that would lead him into the thick of battle.
Censorship prevented soldiers from writing anything specific about the war. Every GI knew that each letter would be thoroughly examined before being forwarded on to the States. Joe Jr. was extremely careful never to divulge anything even remotely sensitive in his letters. This, and the fact that he rarely spoke about the war after returning home, made it difficult to piece together exactly what went on during his time in battle.
do know, however, that he: