|courtesy of Des Philippet|
Joseph was drafted in April 1944. After his basic military training he was sent to the European theater in late September 1944 and then transferred from the replacement depot to A Company 116th Infantry on 25 Oct 1944. He was with A Company for the fighting at Aachen, Baesweiler and Julich in Germany. PVT Spooner was killed in action near Koslar, Germany in the fighting to clear the west bank of the Roer River.
PVT Spooner rests forever in the Netherlands American Cemetery and there is a cenotaph to his memory in Saint Peter's Cemetery in Plattsburgh, New York.