Joseph was born in Los Angeles, CA on November 27, 1920 and graduated from North Hollywood High School before enlisting in the Navy on November 22, 1940, He reported for duty to the USS Utah on January 18, 1941 and was killed in action on December 7, 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously and remains on duty with his shipmates aboard the Utah. He is commemorated on the Memorial Tablets of the Missing, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. Joseph was survived by his father, Peter Barta of North Hollywood, CA, three sisters and two brothers.
USS UTAH BB-31 / AG-16
The Forgotten Ship of Pearl Harbor
Copyright 2022. USSUtah1941.org. All rights reserved. All photos released for website only.