Joseph A. Battaglia, the son of Salvatore and Mary (Iafrate) Battaglia, was born on August 3, 1924, in Cook County, Illinois. When he was a small child, he relocated to Schenectady and lived on Cutler Street. He attended Washington Irving Junior High School and Vocational High School.

In November 1942, Joseph enlisted in the United States Army and began his training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. He held the rank of Private and served with the 80th Anti-aircraft Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division. On January 7, 1945, Joseph passed away from wounds he sustained in Belgium. He is buried in the Henri Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, Belgium.

Sources: The Schenectady Gazette, Find A Grave, Ancestry