Joseph H. Diamond
Service Dates: August 16, 1943 to December 13, 1945
Highest Rank: Corporal
Joseph H. Diamond was born in Camden, NJ on November 2, 1920. He graduated from Camden High School and went to Drexel Institute of Technology now know as Drexel University. His family owned Diamond Cleaners and he worked there up until he enlisted in the US Army on August 16, 1943.
Joseph wanted to be a pilot and began training as a fighter pilot at galesburg il knox college but school was closed because Army felt they had enough pilots.
After leaving polit school went to camp ellis illinois went to Medical corp. begin the start of his Medical field training and that was followed by additional training in England 124 General Hospital. Then Combat Medic in 104th infantry division also known as the Timberwolves. Front line 195 days.
Hedgerow fighting. Battle of the Hedgerows as they worked their way North crossed over the Siegfried Line to Aachen was the first town in Germany they liberated.
Medics are not armed. Very often found himself under fire administering to fellow soldier. He took care of men right on the field. Then litter-beared (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/litter-bearer) would come along and take the soldier away on a stretcher.
War, operation, conflict served in: “The European Theatre of World War II, also known as the European War, was a huge area of heavy fighting across Europe from Germany’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 until the end of the war with the German unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945 (V-E Day). The Allied forces fought the Axis powers on two fronts (the Eastern Front and Western Front) as well as in the adjoining Mediterranean and Middle East Theatre.”
Location: France, Belgium, Germany
Battles/campaigns: Rhineland and Central Europe
Joseph Diamond currently lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He has a son and a daughter and two granddaughters.
Medals Mr. Diamond was awarded:
Purple Heart medal, Army Unit Citation, World War II Occupational Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-Africa-Middle East – LOOK THEM UP AND LINK TO SEPARATE PAGES.
Special award/ accomplishments:
Delivery of baby boy to a German civilian woman (LINK THE VIDEO HE TALKS ABOUT THIS IN TO THIS)