Private Joe Maurice Attebery

World War II

US Army
48th Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division
Service Number: 37701473
Born: December 18, 1923 near Akron
Inducted: June 16, 1943
Died of wounds September 17, 1944 in France
Buried: Plot C, Row 31, Grave 74,
  Lorraine American Cemetery, France

Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Son of Ernest and Mary Treadway Attebery of Akron.

Lorraine American Cemetery, France
Joe Attebery Marker
Photo by ABMC Staff

Thursday October 12, 1944 The Akron News-Reporter

Word was received in Akron soon after noon last Saturday that Joe Attebery, who had been wounded in France September 16, had passed away in a hospital on September 17.

Joe was the only son of Mrs. Mary Attebery. Pvt. Joe Maurice Attebery, son of Ernest and Mary Attebery, was born southwest of Akron December 18, 1923, and passed away September 17, 1944, after being wounded on the battlefield of France, the previous day.

He entered the services of his country June 30, 1943, and most of his basic training was done at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. In December 1943 he left Ft. Knox and went to Chaffee, Arkansas, where he continued his training. He left the United States in early June, going first to England and from there to France in August.

His father preceded him in death December 14, 1931. He leaves to mourn his passing his mother, Mary Attebery and five sisters, Mrs. Agnes Blake of Rago, Mrs. Anna Compton of Harris, Missouri, Mrs. Birdie Compton of Akron, Mrs. Hazel Willis of Holdrege, Nebraska, and Ernestine at home; his fiancée, Miss Eva Kluster of Denver.

24 May 1945 Akron News-Reporter

Posthumous Award

Mrs. Clarence Compton went to Denver last Friday, where she received the Bronze Star, which was awarded to her brother, Joe Attebery, posthumously, by Gen. Omar H. Quade, commanding general at Fitzsimons General Hospital. The presentation was made during the retreat ceremonies.

Joe was wounded in France on Sept. 16, 1944 and passed away the following day.

While under heavy fire, he took over a disabled tank and directed its fire against the enemy, knocking out an enemy tank.

Mrs. Attebery was unable to make the trip, so the medal was accepted by Mrs. Compton.


Joe Attebery photograph is from the Service Record Book of Men and Woman of Akron, Colorado and Community, published by the Akron - Alva N. Graves - Post of the American Legion.

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