|Birth: ||Jan. 8, 1912|
|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1943, At Sea|
Joseph Charles Watson was the son of Robert Lee Watson and Exa Favor Mathews. He attended school in England, Arkansas, graduating from high school there in 1930. His father died in 1918 and his mother later married a man named Mathews. Joe then attended Arkansas Technical College in Russellville, Arkansas and A&M College at Monticello, Arkansas.
On 10/25/1932, Joe enlisted in the United States Navy as an Apprentice Seaman at Little Rock. He completed his boot camp training at the United States Naval Training Station, Hampton Roads, Virgina and was then assigned to the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii on October 30, 1933. He discharged from the Navy on 11/21/1939 but re-enlisted on 8/16/1940 as a Machinist Mate First Class. Joe participated in the Battle of Midway aboard the USS ENTERPRISE and on 8/9/1942, while attached to a plane crew in Torpedo Squadron 6 (VT-6), he was reported missing when hos plane was lost in the Hawaiian area. As of this writing his body has never been recovered and the cause of his plane's disappearance remains unknown.
After the war, the family obtained a marble marker (cenotaph) for Joe and had it placed at the Mulberry Cemetery, England, Lonoke County, Arkansas. This is the same cemetery where his father is buried as well as numerous maternal relatives.
Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class Joseph Charles Watson, Sn #3465168, earned the following badges/decorations for his service before and during World War II:
- Combat Action Ribbon
- Navy Good Conduct Medal
- American Defense Medal with campaign star
- American Campaign Medal
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one bronze battle star
- World War II Victory Medal
At the time of his death, Joe was married to Willie Frances Bush.
Robert Lee Watson (1877 - 1918)
Joseph Charles Watson (1912 - 1943)
Joseph Charles Watson (1912 - 1942)*
Note: Entered the service from Alabama.
Maintained by: Rick Lawrence
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56134870
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In honored remembrance of your valiant service and sacrifice for our great Nation and the Allied cause during World War II. May it not have been in vain.|
Rick Lawrence, MSgt., USMC/USAFR (RET)
Added: Feb. 12, 2013