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Command Pilot Wings

Colonel insignia

Legion of Merit Medal w/1 OLCDistinguished Flying Cross Medal w/1 OLC Meritorious Service Medal w/6 OLCAir Medal w/6 OLC Air Force Commendation Medal

National Defense Service Medal w/1 BSSWorld War II Victory Medal Vietnam Service Medal w/1 BSSAFLSA Longevity Award w/6 OLC

United Nations Service Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign MedalRepublic of Korean Presidential Unit CitationRepublic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


I graduated from pilot training, Class 49-C, in the F-80 at Williams AFB, Arizona in September 1949. From there I was assigned to the 307th F.E.S. 31st Fighter Wing at Albany, Georgia from October 1949 to January 1952.

During the Korean War I served with the 154 and 310th F.B.S., K-2 from January to December Charlie Joseph climbing aboard his F-100 1952. I flew 100 missions in the F-84.

From January 1953 to December 1961, served at Luke AFB, Arizona as Flight Commander and Assist Squadron Ops Officer for the F-84E & F, and F-100.


December 1958 to December 1961, 416th TFS, Misawa, Japan and Headquarters 5th Air Force TAC Eval & Training in F-100's.

January 1962 to October 1963 - USAF FS TR&D.

December 63 to August 1965 - F-84F and F-100 Advisor to Turkish Air Force.

August 1965 to February 1968 - Headquarters TRS TAC - DORQ Fighter Test Branch

A-1 (SPAD) Checkout at Hurlbert.

April - August 1968 - 6th S.O.S. Pleiku. After 75 missions, was Air Evac'd to Walter Reed.

October 1968 to July 1971 I was assigned to Headquarters, TAC at Langley.

July 1971 to May 1972 - Headquarters 7th Air Force: Assistant Director - War Plans (Frag Shop)

June 1972 to August 1977, Headquarters, USAFE

August to December 1977 - Headquarters TAC: Inspector General Office

Retired: December 1977.

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Captain Charlie Joseph in Korea Andy Anderson and Charlie Joseph in Korea.  Andy was killed coming out of North Korea just before he got feet wet. His brother was in the Army on the front lines and was visiting K-2 on that day Last Combat Mission in Korea group photo with A-1 Skyraider

75th Birthday

Home Sweet Home

Beas, Charlie Joseph, and Ray Hamman

left to right: Ray Hamman, Harold Beasley, Charlie Joseph, Hank Mierdierick, Clyde (Cy) Strain

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