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Honor Mission
Joseph B. Manzo Jr.
USA – , WWII, Korea
Glendale, Arizona – 02-28-19


Joseph started his service October 1942 at the age of 17 when he joined the Merchant Marines. He served on the USS Deimos till it was torpedoed by the Japanese Imperial Navy on June 23,1943. Joe was injured in the blast and thrown out to sea and was tied to a floating piece of the ship. He was picked up by the USS O’Bannon or the USS Skylark and taken to Silverstream Hospital. Joe was later awarded the Purple Heart from the Navy for his injuries. Joe returned to the states and finished his term in the Merchant Marines. Joe joined the Army National Guard in 1950 and was called into service August 22, 1950. He received his training from the National Guard US Engineers. Joe was deployed to Korea on January 11, 1951 as a Construction Foreman with CO A 578th ENGR (C) BN. He received the Army Occupation Metal (Japan), Korean Service Metal w/1 Bronze Service Star, United Nation Service Metal and a Purple Heart for injuries incurred when a mine blew up as they were clearing a path for a road.Joe was released from the Army on May 22, 1952 but re-enlisted in the fall of 1955 assigned briefly to Washington DC for Morse Code Training but was reassigned due to injuries from WWII and Korea. During his career Joe was stationed in Ft. McCoy Wisconsin, Ft.Riley Kansas, Ft. Devens Massachusetts, Ft. Lewis Washington and Ft. Shafter Hawaii. Joseph was discharged from the Army in September 1963.

Staging Time: 11:30

West Resthaven Funeral Home6450 West Northern Ave.
Glendale, Arizona 85301

Ride Captain:

Tim Gentryt
David Abbott

Special Instructions:

11:45am: Circle of Honor
12:00pm: Meet Flag Captain at gravesite
12:30pm Military Honors
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: David Murphy
Position: Arizona Assistant State Captain

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