Joseph Wilford McHugh

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Joseph Wilford McHugh

  • Birth 14 Mar 1908
  • Death 15 Jul 1962
  • Burial Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
  • Plot Sec-J Row-3 Lot-31 Grv-3
  • Memorial ID 14115331

Joseph was the third generation of McHugh men to serve in the U.S. Army. His grandfather, Peter (an Irish immigrant) served in the U.S. Cavalry for many years, and his father, Thomas, was also in the Army.

His parents: Thomas F McHugh and Anne (Kilroy) McHugh. Joe was the brother of Thomas (born 1901), Nellie (born 1902), James (born 1905), Francis (born 1907), Paul (born 1913), and Edward (born/died 1915). Beloved husband of Gertrude.

Long-time employee of Joseph Bancroft & Sons in Wilmington.

He was almost over the age limit to serve in WWII. He used to laugh about the fact that during basic training, the young guys were all ready to "paint the town" at the end of the day, and he would stay behind "soaking his feet". He was affectionately referred to as "the old man" by the others.

He served as a Medic during the war. One of his most vivid memories was when his unit discovered and liberated one of the many concentration camps in Germany, and the horrors he witnessed there.

Having lost his mother when he was seven years old, Joe was always very close to his only sister, Nellie. He even lived with her and her family for a while before he married. His return from the war was particularly memorable to them.

In 1946, Joseph married Gertrude C Brady.

He was broken-hearted when Nellie died in February 1962, and expressed his wish to be buried next to her. His wish was granted when he died suddenly, of a heart attack, five months later. He was buried next to Nellie, and in 1997, Nellie's husband Francis joined them, then in 2004, Joe's wife Gertrude.

Uncle Joe left no children, but was dearly loved by many nieces and nephews.


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  • Created by: A DePrisco Bishop
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 14115331
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Wilford McHugh (14 Mar 1908–15 Jul 1962), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14115331, citing Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by A DePrisco Bishop (contributor 24972097) .