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Capt Joseph John "Joe" Rochefort, Sr
Birth: May 12, 1900
Dayton
Montgomery County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 20, 1976
Torrance
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Joe ROCHEFORT was a US Naval officer and cryptanalyst. Joe spent three yrs prior to World War II(1929-1932) posted to the US Embassy in Tokyo, Japan along with Lt. Edwin T. Layton. Joe was there with his wife and 9 year old son Joe Jr. Joe Sr. and Lt. Layton were in Japan to learn the language and customs of the Japanese people. While in Tokyo his wife Elma Fay gave birth to a daughter Janet Fay their second child.
Joe was most famous for leading the team of intelligence anlyists at STATION HYPO, Pearl Harbor, that broke the Japanese Naval code JN-25 before the Battle of Midway. This intelligence information gave Admiral Nimitz the chance to surprise and defeat a superior enemy force and save Midway Island from capture. This Naval Battle was flawed by performance issues on both sides however was pivotal to the outcome of war and delt a blow to the Jap war machine from which it never recovered. (WWII, Pacific theater of Operation)

Joseph Rochefort was eventually awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and then the Presidential Medal of Freedom -posthumously-President REAGAN presented the medals to Joe`s daughter Janet Rochefort-ELERDING.

In the year 2000, Joe Rochefort was inducted into the National Security Agency`s "HALL of Fame".
In the movie MIDWAY Rochefort was portrayed by Hal Holbrook. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Elma Fay Crowford Rochefort (1901 - 1969)*
 
 Children:
  Joseph John Rochefort (1923 - 1994)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Inglewood Park Cemetery
Inglewood
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: 742 LA RAMADA
 
Created by: LAWRENCE HEIDLEBAUGH
Record added: Oct 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60275058
Capt Joseph John Joe Rochefort, Sr
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