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Jonas Hershberger ( Missoula 1945 )

posted: Jun 28, 2006

Joe Hershberger, age 80, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2006 in Delaware, Ohio, surrounded by his loving wife of 50 years and his two daughters.

Born April 8, 1926 in Holmes County, Ohio, Joe was a CPS-103 smokejumper in Montana in 1945. He was drafted again in 1950 and entered the Army to serve in the Korean conflict.

Joe was self-employed as a heavy equipment operator for many years, and was active in church, the VFW and American Legion, The Darby Valley Conservation Club, in and around the Plain City area (central Ohio). He was deeply devoted to his family, his country, and to the mission and values of the NSA. He was very proud of his service and went out of his way to tell others of the sacrifices smokejumpers made, continue to make, in the line of duty.