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Joseph Franklin "Joe" Mittendorf
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Birth: Jan. 13, 1919
Mayer
Yavapai County
Arizona, USA
Death: Oct. 5, 1943
Wake Island, UMI

Joe had attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He was a civilian contractor held prisoner on Wake Island by the Japanese military during WWII. When it was apparent that the island was about to be retaken by the United States, Joe and 97 other civilian contractors were executed by the Japanese.

After the war was over, the Japanese officer who ordered this execution was found guilty of war crimes and was hanged on the island of Guam.


11-year-old Joe Mettendorf appears in the 1930 census for Mayer, Yavapai, AZ living with his 12-year-old sister, Valle Virginia Mettendorf (aka Valle V. Street), his re-married mother, Veola L. Detrick (Viola Isadora Dedrick, b. 1886 in TX) and his stepfather, George C. Detrick (George C. Dedrick, b. 1874 in IA).
 
 
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 Parents:
  Roscoe C C Mittendorf (1888 - 1920)
  Viola Isadore Taylor Dedrick (1886 - 1980)
 
 Sibling:
  Valle Virginia Mittendorf Street (1917 - 1998)*
  Joseph Franklin Mittendorf (1919 - 1943)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: G 68
 
Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3785579
Joseph Franklin Joe Mittendorf
Added by: Kathy Margrave
 
Joseph Franklin Joe Mittendorf
Added by: Kathy Margrave
 
Joseph Franklin Joe Mittendorf
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Joe, ASU has not forgotten you!
- Arizona State University
 Added: Mar. 21, 2015
 
 
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