Virginia Heroes

Joseph Elmer Byrd

Steward's Mate, Second Class, Navy

Born: July 16, 1925
Hometown: Caroline County, VA
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: December 18, 1944
Died In: Philippine Sea
Awards: Purple Heart

Served aboard the USS Spence DD-512 which was sunk during Typhoon Cobra in the Philippine Sea. 315 men were lost at sea.

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