Martin W. Joseph, 1922-2009, of the Vail Valley |

Martin W. Joseph, 1922-2009, of the Vail Valley

Vail Daily
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail ValleyMartin W. Joseph retired to Vail in 1989 so he could ski

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Martin W. Joseph, of Edwards and Sarasota, Fla., died on Aug. 10 in hospice care at the Live Oak Manor in Sarasota.

He was born in Berlin, Germany on July 8, 1922. In 1938, at the age of 16, he fled Hitler’s Germany and settled with his relatives in Chicago.

Lt. (JG) Joseph served in World War II from 1943 to 1946 in the South Pacific as a naval supply officer and commander. During the battles of Leyte and Samara, he commanded and drove a landing vehicle personnel Craft (Higgins Boat) in the delivery of assault troops onto Philippine beaches under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

He also assisted in the recovery of the survivors of the U.S.S. Indianapolis after it was torpedoed and his naval service secured him a battlefield commission and his American citizenship.

After World War II, he earned his B.S. from Northwestern University and his M.A. in statistics from the University of Chicago. Among his accomplishments as a quality assurance expert was the design and implementation of the central timing system for the Apollo 11 moon mission for Elgin Watch Company.

After working for ITT Kellogg, the Hughes Aircraft Corporation, and the Army Aviation Systems Command in St. Louis, Mo., he retired to Vail in 1989 to pursue his favorite sport – skiing.

Survivors include his loving wife of 34 years, Barbara, of Sarasota; daughter, Alice J. Barda and grandchildren Rachel and Kyle Barda, of Glenview, lll.; and son Harold and daughter-in-law, Darlene, of San Jose, Calif.

Lt. (JG) Joseph was an lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10721 in Minturn. In World War II, he received the Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal.

For many years, he attended Veterans Day awareness school assemblies throughout the Vail Valley and was always a volunteer to share with students his military service. His favorite story for students was how, in 1936, he saw Jesse Owens win four summer Olympic gold medals in track and field in Berlin.

Martin was a avid Vail skier into his 80s and was able to tell a joke for every occasion. He has now sailed his final voyage but will be missed as a “Greatest Generation” American who served his country in time of war and was a living example of duty, honor and country.

A celebration of life service hosted by the Minturn VFW Post 10721 will be held at the Singletree Community Center on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. and will be officiated by the Rev. Hugh Guentner, Minturn St. Patrick’s Parish.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Minturn VFW Post 10721 High School Scholarship Programs. Lt. (JG) Joseph will be interned at the Sarasota National Cemetery with full military honors.

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