USS UTAH  BB-31 / AG-16

The Forgotten Ship of Pearl Harbor

Joseph B. Sousley

Joseph Byron Sousley

Seaman 2/c

Joseph Byron Sousley was born in 1923 in Wenatchee, Washington. He was the son of John Quincy Sousley and Sala Mae Sousley. Joseph had just been transferred to the USS Utah from the USS Saratoga 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.