He just missed WWII by a few days. He mustered into the USMC in August of 1964. Joe made communications his specialty. By August of 1965 the USMC saw fit to send Joe and his entire unit to the Republic of Viet Nam. Joe made Sergeant not too long after that and served only a few more months before taking his services to the civilian world.
In April, 1975 Joe succumbed to the call of the Corps again and re-entered as a PFC with the 2nd Marine Air Wing, in Cherry Point, NC. A brief stint in London, England was mixed into the many assignments he enjoyed with the Corps.
A SSgt by 1983 Joe continued his career in the Comms branch and earned Gunnery Sgt with the Marine Air Control Squadron 4 in 1986. As Master Gunnery Sgt Joe had the rare honor as an enlisted Marine to “stand up” Charlie company, 9th Comms Bn as its first Company commander.
Starting in 1994, Joe served 2 years with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, before moving on to the 1st Marine Regiment until 1998. He served a tour with the 11th MEU until 2000 and then served one final stint with the 9th Comms Bn - a unit he had served with earlier in his career. By March of 2001, Joe and the Corps had had enough of each other and Joe retired.
Joe enjoys the quiet life in Idaho’s Treasure Valley and is active in Orville Jackson Post 127, American Legion in Eagle.
An important and much appreciated member or our post.