At the age of 19, Joe enlisted in the United States Navy to serve his country during World War II. He was assigned to the Battleship, USS Idaho, which was involved in almost every major battle in the Pacific Theater including the battles at Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Guam. At the end of WWII, Joe was on board the USS Idaho anchored in Tokyo Bay during the signing of the Japanese surrender on board the USS Missouri. After the war, Joe worked at Kelly AFB for more than 35 years as a master mechanic of various aircraft including the C-5A, and C-5 Galaxy. He received numerous commendations for his work at Kelly AFB, and also for work performed while he was on assignments at other bases throughout the country and abroad to service aircraft.
We honor you, Joe Adame.