Joe was born in 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. My dad enlisted in the US Army for two reasons; 1) to get three square meals a day and 2) to serve his country as a first generation American.
While in Korea, Joe was a PFC who ran a supply truck and was a fire fighter. He initially wanted to serve in WWII along side his brother, but he was too young. He enlisted in September of 1946 and separated with an Honorable Discharge in January of 1948. He was there prior to the official war breaking out. After he was discharged he was drafted back in to the war in December 1950 to the 101st Airborne Division, and was Honorably Discharged again in November of 1951.
He was a wonderful man who made friends everywhere he went. His laugh and smile are still unforgettable after all these years since his passing in 2005. He loved this Country with everything he had and he was so proud to have the ability to work hard and make a solid living as a sheet metal worker after he left the military. He often spoke fondly of his service time, and the people he served with.
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Korean War - Key Events
June 27, 1950
The United Nations Security Council adopts Resolution 83, authorizing UN member states to provide military assistance to South Korea. The Soviets, who could have vetoed the resolution, are boycotting the proceedings because the Nationalist government on Taiwan still occupies China’s seat on the Security Council. Seoul falls the following day.
These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica