|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1984|
|Death: ||Jan. 9, 2009|
Army Cpl. Hernandez was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Hohenfels, Germany. He died of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Joseph was a 2003 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago, Illinois where he played soccer and also boxed at Whiting Boxing Club. He attended Holy Cross College for awhile and then entered the mechanical engineering and biology programs at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. In 2005, he decided to join the military and at one time he was assigned to the Old Guard where he served at funerals in Arlington National Cemetery. Joseph was a caring and dedicated husband and father to Alison and their two sons. He loved to rebuild cars, build model planes, fish, box, play piano, play guitar and sing. Joseph had a kind heart and loved animals. He volunteered at a humane society and adopted four cats and three dogs while working there – including a drowning dog that he saved.
NOTE: Cpl. Joseph Hernandez will become the first junior enlisted soldier to receive full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Until January 1, 2009, this was only accorded to officers, Medal of Honor recipients and enlisted members who reach the highest possible enlisted rank of E-9.
Arlington National Cemetery
Created by: Brenda N
Record added: Jan 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32872509