|courtesy of Bessie Savery|
Joseph was likely mining in September 1943 when he was drafted. After his initial training, Joseph was sent to Europe and the inevitable replacement depot. He was transferred to D Company 116th Infantry on 15 Jul 1944. PVT Hemak was wounded on 17 Jul 1944 and died of his wound(s) on 18 Jul 1944.
PVT Hemak is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery. Brother John Joseph Hemak attained the rank of SGT during the war and Frank Stanley Hemak was an MSG.