Sgt Joseph Baraga, USMC

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Joseph Baraga

Birthplace: Michigan, United States
Death: Died in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, HI, USA
Cause of death: Aboard the USS Arizona
Place of Burial: Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Karl Baraga and Josephine Baraga
Brother of Karl Baraga; Leona Baraga; Louis Baraga and Viola Baraga

Managed by: Nathan Luke Cowdrey
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About Sgt Joseph Baraga, USMC

Joseph Baraga was born to farmer Karl Baraga and his wife Josephine in 1915. He was raised on the family farm in Sagola, Michigan; the large size of the family meant that John left school early in order to help out on the farm.

Enlistment and Boot Camp: Baraga was living in San Diego when he decided to enlist on January 3, 1939. After completing boot camp at MCRD San Diego, Baraga was chosen for additional training at Sea School.

Service Prior to 1941: Private Baraga was assigned to the Marine detachment aboard the USS Arizona in April, 1939. He was promoted to Private First Class that December, and to Corporal after twelve months of service aboard.

Wartime Service: Baraga served aboard the Arizona from January to December 1941, and was promoted to Sergeant during that time. His primary duty station was as a gun captain for one of the battleship’s 5-inch secondary batteries, located near the bow.

Date Of Loss: Sergeant Baraga was killed in action when the Arizona was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Joseph Baraga was a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps stationed on board the USS Arizona. He was killed in action on board the Arizona when Pearl Harbor was attacked December 7, 1941. His remains were never recovered and he remains on board the Arizona.

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Sgt Joseph Baraga, USMC's Timeline

October 31, 1915
Michigan, United States
December 7, 1941
Age 26
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, HI, USA
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States