Tuesday, August 30, 2016

T5 Joseph E. Fortune

T5 Joseph E. Fortune was born in 1914 in Ray County, Missouri to Joseph and Edna Fern (Zehrung) Fortune.  His father died 8 Apr 1914 of pulmonary tuberculosis. His mother died 17 Jun 1926.  In 1930 Joseph was living with his maternal grandmother and her 2nd husband. 

On 27 May 1941, Joseph married Dorothy Mae Danielson.  After Joseph entered the service he was trained and then sent overseas.  On 20 Jun 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry.  On 18 Aug 1944 he was promoted from PVT to T5.  On 30 Aug 1944 T5 Fortune was killed in action. 

T5 Fortune is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery and there is a cenotaph for him in West Lawn Cemetery in Glidden, Iowa.

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