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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 2, 1917
Date of death: April 19, 1944
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

1940 Keough LB.jpg

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Austin, Texas

Fortunately Joe shall always be (according to his own graphic description) "a long, ropey Texan." A shy but piercing glance from lowered head, a phrase drawled with an inherent rustic lilt, and an entrancing open smile have cooperated successfully in drawing to him countless friends and leaving no enemies. Swimming is Joe's fait accompli, but he conducts himself in all sports with the grace of natural prowess. That he doesn't concentrate on others may be laid to his love of versatility or to a modest restraint. Joe draws much from life, for he lives it with a philosophical candor and with cheerfulness.


Joe was lost in an aircraft accident near Hawaii on April 19, 1944. He was a member of VF-28.

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

Note that the Courts of the Missing in Hawaii lists him as a LCDR. Some sources also have his date of death as April 15; deferring to headstone.

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