Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pvt Joseph Edward Albert - We Remember

During World War II word reached Lowell quickly (compared to WW1) to notify the families when someone was killed in action. Joseph Edward Albert was killed in action on March 6, 1945 during the fighting on Iwo Jima. He was in the Marine Corp and had been serving for just about a year. He was drafted in Lowell, MA almost exactly a year before. He was a transfer from New York City where he had lived previously.
Courtesy Lowell Sun, March 26, 1945

Private Joseph Edward Albert was born in Lowell on October 12, 1910 the son of Alfred and Alia (Brunelle) Albert. He was killed in action on Iwo Jima on March 6, 1945. The family lived in the acre section of Lowell and New York City. Joseph was 33 years old when he died in the Pacific. He had a 7 year old son Thomas E. Albert who was left an orphan when his dad died. He was the one that unveiled the plaques honoring the WW2 soldiers that line the Hall of Flags.

When Joseph Edward Albert died he was survived by his mother, two brothers Joseph Andrew Albert of New York City and Alfred Leo Albert of Lowell and a son, seven year old Thomas E. Albert and his aunts Mrs. Eugenie Lemay and Mrs. Alice Barlow. His mother died on September 19, 1950 and is buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Chelmsford. He graduated from St. Joseph  School and was employed at the Lowell Ordinance Plant.

He was killed during the fierce fighting on Iwo Jima. He left his son with no parents. His son grew up in Lowell, married and had two daughters. It looks like he had a full life. He died in 2010 at age 72. His dad is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu Hawaii. Please do not forget him. Lest we forget.

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