PVT Joseph Edward Havel was born 12 Nov 1917 in Chicago, Illinois to Edward James and Anna (Konopasek) Havel. On 1 Aug 1940 he married Mary Barbara Patrycka.
After entering the service, probably in 1943, he was sent to Europe and on 9 Aug 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry. He probably made that move with then PVT Andrew L. Hauser. However, Joseph stayed with E Company and was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944.
PVT Havel is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery. His wife, Mary, did re-marry after the war.