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Obituary of Joseph L. Whitaker Jr.

11-10-47 to 8-29-67

Joseph passed away in Vietnam at the age of 20.  He had been Missing In Action for about 3 months before official notice of his death was released by the Army.  He was a gunner in a helicopter crew.  A resident of The Dalles for 8 years.  Husband of Victoria.  Son of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph L. Whitaker Sr.; brother of Jimmy, The Dalles; grandson of Mr. & Mrs. A. L. Whitaker, Hillsboro.  Full military rites for Joseph L. Whitaker Jr. SP-4, who died while serving with the Special Forces of the US Army at Ft. Lewis, Washington.  The ceremonies at the Veteran's plot in the IOOF Cemetery in which 18 men will take part, will follow requiem mass.  All of the participants in the cemetery rites, including that of casket bearers, will be military personnel.  Requiem Mass will be offered 10 am Wednesday at St. Peter's Church.  Msgr. Michael J. McMahon, celebrant.  The Rosary will be recited 7:30 pm Tuesday at Smith Calloway Chapel.  Military rites will follow at the Veterans' section at the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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04/04/12 03:14 PM #1    

Terry Hutchens

Joe and I were not what you would call good friends, as we rolled with different people, but I knew Joe for a long time as we went to Elementary School in Hillsboro, Oregon.  I feel that I missed something by not being his good friend, because he was a hero.  He gave the ultimate sacrifice so that I and all Americans could reap the fruits of freedom.  I just wanted to thank Joe, a patriot and a hero,  RIP.

03/14/15 07:34 PM #2    

John McGaughey ('67)

I new Joe while we were in Mr Choate's class and FFA. Was sorry he did not make it back to the world.  

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