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  Joseph Oliver Roberts  and  Margaret Ann (Shore) Roberts

Joseph Oliver Roberts was born Fred Lee Poff on March 3, 1901 in Copper Hill, Floyd County, Virginia.

His parents were William Isaac Poff and Stella Florence (Reed) Poff.

By 1924, he began using the name Joseph Oliver Roberts.

  • One of Joseph's military records (form DA643A, dated 24 July 1950) has his birthdate as 3 March 1901, in Roanoke, Virginia.  It shows him orphaned by the death of his mother (1907) and father (1909).  That record lists his parents as William Edward Roberts and Caroline Ellen Roberts.

  • His record at the U.S. Social Security Administration shows his parents as Edward Roberts and Caroline Courtney.  It shows his birthdate as 3 March 1901.

  • His military Form DA643A shows his residence from 1909 to 1924 as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The same form, however, shows him attending school from 1908 to 1920 at Miami Military Institute in Germantown, Ohio.  His name has not been found in the 1910 or 1920 U.S. Federal Census for either of those states.

  • One of his children's birth certificates shows his birthplace as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Another shows it as West Virginia.

  • His burial record at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery shows his birthdate as 3 March 1901 in Roanoke, Virginia.

  • His California driver's license, issued in 1948, shows his age as 42 and his birthdate as 4 March 1906.

  • The U.S. Federal Census for 1930, taken at his military assignment at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas records Joseph as 26 years of age (indicating born in 1904).  His birthplace is shown as Pennsylvania.  His father's birthplace is shown as Massachusetts, and his mother's as Pennsylvania.  This census was probably copied from the local military office records, and not taken directly from each soldier.

His early life is described in the book "The Poffs of Floyd County, Virginia", by Logan Reed Jennings, published in 2013.  He enlisted into the US Navy on December 18, 1918, while still underage.  In 1920, a congressman intervened, with an affidavit and letter from his parents, resulting in an administrative discharge from the Navy on December 29, 1920.

Here is an excerpt from the book "The Poffs of Floyd County, Virginia":     Page  287   288   289

Possibly that Navy record prevented him from joining the military service again as Fred Lee Poff.  As Joseph Oliver Roberts he enlisted into the US Army on October 22, 1924.

Margaret Ann (Shore) Roberts was born on 17 July 1910 in San Antonio, Texas.

Her parents were Jesse Perry Shore and Anna Agnes (Gaffney) Shore.

Jesse Perry Shore was born in 1877 in Illinois.  His father was born in Illinois, and his mother was born in Missouri.  Anna Agnes (Gaffney) Shore was born in 1872 in Texas.  Her father was born in Texas, and her mother was born in England.

Joseph and Margaret Ann Roberts had four children:

  • Joseph Oliver Roberts, Jr, born 31 Oct 1933.
  • James Jesse Roberts, born 6 Jan 1936.
  • Carole Ann Roberts, born 2 Mar 1938.
  • Cheryl Sue Roberts, born 9 Jan 1945.

Joseph died on 12 Jul 1952 in Tokyo, Japan.  Margaret died on 4 Sep 2004 in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

DNA Records

Family DNA samples have provided these records:

  • On December 7, 1928 a child was born to Margarete Anne Schour.  He was named Beverly Schour and was taken for adoption by the Texas Children's Home Finding Society.  He was adopted on May 7, 1929 and named Thomas Robert Weir.
  • Here are records:  1  2

  • DNA data show Herbert Hadley Hill (1909-1984) as the paternal match for Joseph Roberts, Jr.  Living in San Antonio, Texas, he was employed as a telegraph operator for the Western Union company.
  • Here are records:  1

  • DNA tests for Joseph Roberts, Jr show his ancestors' geographical, maternal, and paternal distribution.
  • Here are records: 1  2  3  4  5  6

  Documents

All of these Family Documents are shown below.

U.S. Military DA643A record.

Master Sergeant Joseph Roberts completed his military DA643A record on 24 July 1950, beginning his assignment to Japan at the outbreak of the Korean War.


24 July 1950
Joseph Roberts
DA643A

Page:   1   2   3   4   5

Here is what he shows.

Born:  3 March 1901, Roanoke, Roanoke County, Virginia.

Mother:  Caroline Ellen Roberts, born: USA, died 1907.

Father:  William Edward Roberts, born: USA, died 1909.

Brothers and Sister:  James Edward Roberts, age 53;  William Dennis Roberts, age 52;  Caroline Ellen Babcock, age 43.

Note:  The DA643A form is dated 24 July 1950.  His sister is age 43, indicating she was born about 1907, the same year the mother died.  She is given the same name as her mother's.

Pennsylvania World War II Veterans Compensation Record.

Master Sergeant Joseph Roberts completed his Pennsylvania State World War II Veterans Compensation record on April 4, 1950, entitling him to compensation for having entered military service in Pennsylvania.  It was approved on May 29, 1950.


29 May 1950
Joseph Roberts
World War II Veterans Compensation

Page:   1   2   3   4

Here is what he shows.

Born:  3 March 1901, Roanoke, Roanoke County, Virginia.

Enlistment date:  enlistment into military service on 22 October 1924.

Residence:  living at 3500 Forbes Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when enlisted.

Census Records.

The 1910 U.S. Federal Census shows the Shore family living at 230 Sandmeyer Street, San Antonio.  It shows the parents Jesse and Anna Shore with two children, Ernest (age 7) and Louise (age 3).  Margaret Ann was born in July 1910, three months after the census was taken.

The 1920 U.S. Federal Census shows Anna Shore with four children, Ernest (age 16), Louise (age 12), Annie (age 9), and Jessie (age 7), now living at 130 Sandmeyer Street, San Antonio.  Their father Jesse Shore was counted in a separate military census at Camp Travis, San Antonio.

The 1930 U.S. Federal Census shows Joseph Roberts as a member of the 68th Service Squadron at Kelly Field, San Antonio.  His birthplace is shown as Pennsylvania, his father's birthplace as Massachusetts, and his mother's as Pennsylvania.  This census was probably taken from the local military office central records, and not taken directly from each soldier.  His entry is on line 29 on the census page.

The 1930 U.S. Federal Census shows the Shore family living at 716 Denver Boulevard, San Antonio.  It shows the parents Jesse and Anna Shore with two children remaining at home, Margaret (age 19) and Kathryn (age 17).

The 1940 U.S. Federal Census shows Margaret Ann Roberts living at 615 Delmar Street, San Antonio.  She is married with three children: Joseph O. Jr. (age 6), James J. (age 4) and Carol Anne (age 2).  Her husband Joseph O. Sr. is away in the military service, stationed in Panama.

Other Documents.

A photograph from about 1912 shows Margaret Ann Shore as an child of about 20 months, with her brother Ernest and sister Mary Louise.

Many photos show Margaret Ann's childhood and life with her family.

Photographs from about 1920s and 1930s show Joseph Roberts first in the U.S. Cavalry and then in the U.S. Army Air Corps.  Later photos show Joseph in the U.S. Air Force.

Many photos, letters and records provide scenes from Joseph and Margaret Ann's marriage, with their four children.

Military Travels.

With their father's miltary service spanning the European war that began in 1939, through the United States being forced into World War II after the attack on Hawaii in 1941, and continuing through the Korean War starting in 1950, the family endured separations that lasted for years at a time.

With their father away during those war years, Ann managed the family home and rearing and schooling of the children.  The family would come together for a short while, to be separated again on short notice by a new military assignment.

A 1939 letter, from Joe in San Francisco to Ann in San Antonio, shows him preparing to board his ship for Panama.  He departed San Francisco on March 25 on the USAT Republic, arriving in Panama on April 4, 1939.  The family remained separated until October 1940.

On October 15, 1940 Ann and the three children at that time traveled aboard the USAT Chateau-Thierry, embarking from Charleston, South Carolina, landing briefly at San Juan, Puerto Rico, and then joining Joseph in Panama.  A telegram sent from Joseph in Panama to Ann aboard the ship shows him anticipating their meeting on October 17, 1940 in Cristobal, Panama.

Shortly after the family came together in Panama, they were separated again.  Joseph was transferred on September 9, 1941 to Trinidad, British West Indies, while Ann and the children remained in Panama.  On December 8, 1941, the day after the United States was forced into World War II by the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Joseph was transferred to Dutch Guiana (Surinam), South America, with Ann and the children staying in Panama.

Here is the family's 1941 newspaper clipping: Front   Back

Now they were not only separated again, but were living apart in two foreign countries.

Finally, with the nation at war, families of military personnel were evacuated from the Panama Canal Zone.  Ann and the children returned to the US in January 1942 aboard the USAT Shawnee, amid U-Boat alerts.  She and the children found a home in San Antonio, Texas, while Joseph remained in Dutch Guiana, supporting anti-sea and anti-submarine air reconaissance in defense of the Panama Canal.

Here is a page from the Shawnee's passenger list: Page   Zoom

The page is hard to read.  The 'zoom' is clearer.  The family is shown on lines 12-15:

Margaret   age 31
Joseph   age 8
James   age 5
Carol   age 3

The page shows the family embarking on the Shawnee on January 14, 1942 from Cristobal, Canal Zone, landing at New Orleans on January 17.  Their destination is the home of Margaret's parents, Jesse and Anna Shore, at 716 Denver Blvd., San Antonio, Texas.

'Mom' (Margaret Ann Roberts) and the children remained in San Antonio, Texas while 'Dad' (Joseph Roberts) was reassigned to Dutch Guiana (Surinam), South America supporting antisea and antisubmarine surveillance for the Panama Canal.

Here is Margaret Ann Roberts's record of the family's trip to Panama and return.  This was written in 1993 in a letter to her son, James Roberts:

Envelope        Pages  1   2

  3   4   5   6

 

Legion of Merit.   For his service in establishing the base in Surinam, Master Sergeant Roberts was recommended for the military Legion of Merit award:

Legion of Merit  1  2

 

In July 1943, with the threat to the Panama Canal subsiding, Joe was reassigned back to the United States.  Two 1943 photos show Ann and Joe at the 'Court of Seven Sisters' in New Orleans, where she had gone to meet him on his return from South America.

It was the first time they had seen each other after a continuous separation of nearly two years.  They were together again.

In all, the family was together for only 11 months, of the 52 months before and during World War II.

Their fourth child was born in 1945.  The family remained together in San Antonio, Texas until 1949, when Joseph was reassigned to Victorville and then to Riverside, California.  On April 5, 1950 he was reassigned to Tokyo, Japan.  Two months after he arrived there, the Korean War began.

Here are his orders to Japan:

5 April 1950   Front   Back

2 December 1950   Front

Here is his application for moving his family to Japan:

21 June 1950   1   2   3

Military families were denied permission to travel to Japan after the Korean War began in June 1950.  The family began another long separation.

Finally on 9 August 1951 the travel suspension was lifted.  On the very next day, 10 August 1951, Joseph applied for his family to join him.

From the time Joseph went to Japan in April 1950, Ann and the four children remained in San Antonio for another year and a half.

On October 23, 1951 Ann received permission to join her husband in Japan.  She took the four children by rail from San Antonio, Texas to Los Angeles and then to Oakland, California.  They departed San Francisco on November 27, on the US Army Transport J. C. Breckinridge, arriving in Yokohama on December 7, 1951.  Reunited with Joseph at the dock, after so many long separations they were finally together again.

The ship docked in Yokohama with a military band playing and streamers:

 7 Dec 1951  Arriving Yokohama

The family was driven by automobile to their new home in Tokyo.  When the car pulled into the driveway and Ann saw the four-story home for the first time, she asked which of those floors would be theirs:  the family had so many times lived in small homes, sharing rooms to be able to be together on military assignments.  Joseph told her that the whole house was hers.  It included a maid, a 'houseboy' who maintained the coal furnace, and a security guard posted during the nights.  She had never known such luxury.  At last she and her family had a home with real conveniences after many years of separation and self-sufficience.

The family now enjoyed a period of being together, in an interesting and exciting place.

Seven months later, Joseph died in Tokyo on July 12, 1952.  It was five days before Ann's birthday.

Ann had to arrange for bringing the children back to the United States, and for shipping the family's belongings.  They had no home address in the United States.  She had to find a new home and begin making a life as a military widow with three children.

Here are Ann's orders for the family's return to the United States:

16 July 1952   Orders

... and here is Ann's note on those orders:

16 July 1952   Orders

Here is the receipt for the family's belongings, packed by Ann for their return:

19 July 1952   Receipt

The family returned on the USS Mann, departing from Yokohama on 23 July and arriving in San Francisco on 2 August 1952.

Here is a photograph of the ship, with the passengers' manifest showing Ann and her children.  She is shown as "Single" on the list.

  USS Mann

  Passengers List:  Page 1  2

Her return voyage as a widow contrasted sadly with the joyous one the family had enjoyed seven months earlier, that had brought them together.

Condolences and Commendations.   Letters to Ann are shown below on this page with condolences from military officers including the Air Force Chief of Staff.

She also received her husband's Presidential Accolade, signed by the President of the United States.  It too is shown below.

At his funeral, her husband received a full military Guard of Honor salute with seven riflemen standing at attention, firing on command three rounds (total of 21 rounds).  Ann received the folded flag and kept it with dignity and pride through the rest of her life.

In later years she served as a volunteer in organizations for helping military veterans and senior citizens.


Photos show the Roberts family together, with their four children: Joseph Jr, James, Carole, and Cheryl, as they were growing up.

Many more photos show Margaret Ann in her later years.  She lived in Etna, Maine, near her daughter Cheryl Sue, and in Tarpon Springs, Florida, near her daughter Carole Ann.

Margaret Ann did extensive volunteer work for military veterans and military service widows organizations.  She assisted elderly and disabled citizens in medical and retirement homes, when she was well into her eighties herself.  She worked diligently and unselfishly with them.  She said that doing so with others less fortunate than she in their elderly years "makes me feel young."

Burial records.

Joseph and Margaret Ann are interred together at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.  Their gravesites are side by side.

Here are some images.


1910 Census
Shore Family
San Antonio
Texas

1920 Census
Shore Family
San Antonio
Texas

1930 Census
J. Roberts
Kelly Field
Texas

1930 Census
Shore Family
San Antonio
Texas

1940 Census
Roberts Family
San Antonio
Texas

1918
Poff Family

1917
Fred Poff

1917
Fred Poff

1918
Fred Poff

1919
Fred Poff

William Isaac
Poff

1893
Stella Reed

1893
Stella Reed


Poff Home
Copper Hill, Virginia

1  2  3  4


1920 Census
Fred Poff
U.S. Navy

1910
Birth Certificate
Margaret Ann
Shore

1933
Birth Record
Joseph Jr

1936
Birth Record
James

1938
Birth Record
Carole

1945
Birth Record
Cheryl

Abt. 1912
Ernest, Ann,
Louise

1  2  Zoom

1916
Ann with
Uncle Tim and
Aunt Camilla
Finegan


Zoom

1918
Shore Children
and Cousins


1918
Anna Shore,
Frances, Ann


1918
Jessie and Ann

1921
Ann

1922
Ann, Thelma,
Jessie

Front  Back

Zoom


1922
Frances,
Ann, Jessie

1923
Jesse, Anna,
Jessie, Ann

1923
Jesse, Anna,
Louise,
Ann, Jessie

1923
Ann

1928
Ann and Louise
in Snow

1930
Ann at
716 Denver Blvd


Zoom

1930
Joseph


Zoom

Jan 1934
Joseph


Zoom

Abt. 1930
Joseph's
'Sister'
Caroline Ellen
Roberts

Abt. 1925
Joseph

Abt. 1926
Joseph

Date Unknown
Joseph


Zoom

Date Unknown
Joseph


Zoom

Date Unknown
Joseph

Date Unknown
(Maybe Joseph)
2nd Row
3rd from Right


Detail

1933
Joseph and Ann
Marriage
License

Abt. 1933
Poem from
'Dot'

1934
Joseph

1933-1938
Joseph Jr
Baby Book

Cover  1  2  3
4  5  6  7  8  9
10  11


Jan. 1934
Joseph
Sr and Jr

Jan. 1934
Ann and
Joseph Jr

1934
Joseph Jr

 

1934
Joseph Jr

 

1935
Ann and
Joseph Jr

Easter 1935
Joseph
Sr and Jr

Easter 1935
Ann and
Joseph Jr

1935
Uncle Carl
Kollenberg
and
Joseph Jr

1935
Joseph Jr

1935
Joseph Jr

Mar 1936
Ann and
James
2 months old

Mar 1936
Joseph,
James and
Joseph Jr

Space
available

Space
available

Space
available

Oct 1936
James
9 months old

Jan 1937
James
1 year old

 

Jan 1937
James
1 year old
1  2

Abt 1938
James

Abt 1939
James

1937
Joseph Jr

31 Oct 1937

Joseph Jr
and James
Pedal Truck

Front  Back


1938

Joseph Jr
and James
Pedal Truck

Front


1938

James
Washing
Pedal Truck

Front  Back


Feb 1939
James
Denver Heights
Park

Jan 1938
News Clip
Poem
Front  Back

May 1939
Ann,
Carole Ann,
and James

1939
Carole Ann

 

Abt. 1939
Ann and
Carole Ann

1939
Family
615 Delmar
San Antonio

1939
Joe Jr and James
Corpus Christi

1939
Joe Jr and James
Corpus Christi

Front  Back


1939
Carole Ann with
Aunt Louise
Corpus Christi

1939
Carole Ann
Corpus Christi

Space
available

Abt. 1940
Ann
San Antonio

Abt 1940
James and Ann
San Antonio

Abt. 1940
Ann
716 Denver Blvd
San Antonio

1940
Carole Ann

Space
available

1940
USAT Chateau-Thierry

Family Goes
to Panama

1  2  3  4  5


1940
Telegram

Joe in Panama
to
Ann on Ship

17 Oct 1940
Ship's
Newspaper

One:   1  2  3  4
Two:   1  2  3  4  5


1940
Roberts
Family
Panama

1940
Carole Ann
Panama

1940
Carole Ann
Panama

1940
Carole Ann
Panama

1940
Roberts Children
Panama

1941
Carole Ann
Panama

 

1941
Carole Ann
Panama

1941
Jim and Joe
At the River
Panama


Front  Back

1941
Carole Ann
At the River
Panama

1941
Carole Ann
At the River
Panama

1941
Jim, Joe Jr,
Carole Ann
Panama

1941
At
Old Panama

1941
Ann and
Carole Ann
Panama

 

1941
Joseph and
Carole Ann
Panama

 

1941
Joseph
in Panama


Zoom

1941
FDR
to Panama

Front  Back


1941
Ration Coupons

1  2  3


1942
Returned to
San Antonio

1942
Carole Ann
San Antonio

1942
Joe Jr
San Antonio

1942
Ann
San Antonio

Abt. 1942
Ann
and Brother
Ernest Shore
Front  Back

1942
410 Royston Ave
San Antonio

Easter 1942
James at
410 Royston Ave
San Antonio

31 Oct 1942
Jessie,
Anna, Jesse Shore,
Roberts Children
at
Birthday Party
410 Royston Ave
San Antonio

31 Oct 1942
Birthday Party

1942
James at
Aunt Jessie's
Home
with "Pudgy"

1942
Mom's
Grocery List

Front  Back


1942
Carole, Jim
and 'Inky'
Starting a
Victory Garden

1942
James
'We Want To Be
Drafted Too.'

1  2  3


1942
Joseph Jr.

1942
Carole Ann

Sep 1942
Joe Sr
Lighter Moment
in Surinam
(Red Lipstick is
Ann's kiss
on his photo)

1943
Joe's Return

Joe and Ann
New Orleans

1943
New Orleans

Abt. 1943
Ann and
Carole Ann

1942
Carole Ann

1943
Carole's
Birthday Party
Invitation

Inner  Outer

Abt 1943
Carole and Jim

1943
Ann and
Children
716 Denver Blvd
San Antonio

1943
Ann, Joseph,
James and Carole

1943
Roberts and
Kollenberg
Parents

1  2


Abt. 1943
Roberts Family
Film Strip

Abt. 1943
Roberts Family
Film Strip

Abt. 1943
Joe Jr, Carole,
and Ann

1945
War Bonds
Records

Cover  1  2  3


Abt. 1947
Carole

Abt. 1943
Carole
San Antonio

 


Abt. 1943
Carole
San Antonio

 


Abt. 1943
Carole
San Antonio
(Bonnet by
Grandma Shore)

Abt. 1943
Carole
San Antonio
(Hula Dancer
at School)

Abt. 1943
Carole
San Antonio
(Raindrop
at School)

Abt. 1943
Carole
Corpus Christi
(After a
Beauty Session)
Front  Back

Abt. 1943
Carole
Corpus Christi
(After a
Beauty Session)

Abt. 1943
Jim, Joe Jr,
Carole
At the Beach

Photo

Reflections

1944
Family Picnic
Joe Jr, Jim
Carole, Dad

1944
Jim, Carole,
and Cousin
Tom Green

1943
Roberts Children
Joe Jr, Jim,
Carole

1943
Roberts Children
Carole,
Jim, Joe Jr

1943
Jim and Carole
with Watermelon

Front  Back

Space
available

Abt. 1944
Ann
716 Denver Blvd

1943
James
San Antonio

1943
Joe Jr
San Antonio

1943
Winter
San Antonio

Jan 1945
Hospital
Invoice
for
Cheryl

1945
Ann and family
at
Carl and Jessie
Kollenberg's
home

Abt. 1945
Joseph and Ann

1945
Ann and
Cheryl

1945
Ann and
Cheryl

1945
Carole and Cheryl
at
Kelly Field

1946
James

Abt. 1946
Joseph
at
Kelly Field

Abt. 1946
Jim

Abt. 1946
Joe Jr

Abt. 1946
Roberts and Green
Children

Abt. 1946
Joe Jr, Jim
at
Kelly Field

1947
Carole,
Cheryl,
and Jim

Abt. 1947
Carole,
Joe Jr, Jim


4 Apr 1947
Jim
Reviewing the
Troops

News Article

Photo

1948
Cheryl

Abt. 1948
Cheryl
at
Kelly Field

22 Jan 1948
Jim
School
Safety Patrol
Award

1948
Jim, Joe Jr,
Cheryl, Carole
at
716 Denver Blvd

1948
Joe Jr
in
Band Uniform

1948
Joe Jr


Music Medal

Abt. 1948
Joseph
at
Kelly Field

Date
and Place
Unknown


21 Jun 1948
George AFB
Victorville,
California

1948
Drivers License

1948
Pennsylvania
Veterans
Foreign Service

1  2  3  4


4 Dec 1950
Medical Report

1947-51
Records

Front  Back


1947
Carole

1948
Carole

1949
Carole
Mojave Desert
California

1949
Jim and Carole
Victorville
California

1950
Cheryl

1950
Joe Jr

1954
Ann Roberts
514 Avant Ave
San Antonio

1953
Jim

1954
Cheryl

5 Apr 1950
Joseph
Orders to Japan

1  2


19 Apr 1950
Joseph
USAF Specialty

1  2


1950
USNS Aultman



1950
USNS Aultman

12 Jun 1950
Ship's
Newspaper

1  2  3  4  5  6


14 Jun 1950
International
Date Line
1  2  3  4


Golden Dragon


1950
Joseph Roberts
in Tokyo

1951
Joseph Roberts
in Tokyo

1951
Joseph Roberts
in Tokyo

9 Aug 1951

Suspension
of Travel Ban

1  2


10 Aug 1951

Application for
Family Travel

1  2


Approval
for
Family Travel

23 Oct 1951
Military Letter
to Ann

1951
Passport
Photo

23 Nov 1951
San Francisco

Family
Medical
Clearance

1  2


27 Nov 1951
Payment
for
Family Travel

1951
USS Breckinridge

Family
Goes to Japan

1951
USS Breckinridge

Family's
Ship Card

Cabins and
Lifeboat
Assignment

27 Nov 1951
Leaving
San Francisco

Nov 1951
On the
Sea

7 Dec 1951
Arriving
Yokohama


7 Dec 1951
Arriving
Tokyo


7 Dec 1951
Tokyo

US House 656
Inventory

1  2  3  


25 Dec 1951
Tokyo

Cards from
Yago and Sachiko

Front  Inside


25 Dec 1951
Tokyo

Cards from
Yago and Sachiko

Front  Inside


25 Dec 1951
Tokyo

Cards from
Yago and Sachiko

Front  Inside


1952
Ann
in Tokyo

1952
Ann
in Tokyo

1952
Ann
in Tokyo

1952
At Golf
in Tokyo

1952
At Golf


Zoom

1952
Cheryl and Ann
in Tokyo

1952
Cheryl and Carole
in Tokyo

1952
Ann,
Carole, Cheryl,
and Jim
in Tokyo

1952
Jim
in Tokyo

 

 

1952
Carole
and Jim
in Tokyo

28 Jun 1952
Jim
by Tokyo
Street Artist

1952
Watercolor
by Tokyo
Street Artist

1952
Invitation to
Palace Club

1  2


1952
M/Sgt Roberts
FEAF
First Three
Graders
Membership

Front  Back


Dad's
Silver Buckle


Mom's
Grocery List

Front  Back


12 Jul 1952
Joseph Roberts
Casualty Report

16 Jul 1952
Family Return
from Japan

16 Jul 1952
Family Return
from Japan

Jul 1952
Navy Flag
from
Family's
Return Ship

18 Aug 1952
Ann's Release
of Check

1952
Military Letter
to Ann
(on her birthday)

Page  1  2


1952
Military Letter
to Ann

Letter


1952
Military Letter
to Ann

Letter


1952
Military Letter
to Ann

Letter


1952
Military Letter
to Ann

Letter


1946
Commendation
Award

Award


1946
Commendation
Award

Award


1952
Oak Leaf
Cluster

Award


1953
Presidential
Accolade

Letter


1953
Presidential
Accolade

Award


1952
Joseph
Obituary
(with errors)

11 Aug 1952
Joseph
Interment

1  2


1952
Flag
at Joseph's
Funeral
Presented to Ann

1952
Joseph's
Service
Ribbons
Presented to Ann

1952
Joseph's
Service
Medals
Presented to Ann


Zoom:  1  2  3  4

Sep 1952
Letter to Ann
After Return

1  2  3  4


Dec 1952
Card to Ann
After Return

Front  1  2

Envelope


Abt. 1952
Carole
and Jim

1954
Jim
with Family's
1940 Plymouth

1958
Carl and Louise Green
Visit to Ann
with Mike and
Larry Roberts

Abt. 1960
Cheryl
with Cousin
Carl Kollenberg

Abt. 1962
Cheryl

 

1963
Ann at
Jim and Jean's
Home
Virginia

Ann's
Volunteer Work

 

Ann's
Volunteer Work

 

Ann's
Volunteer Work

Ann's
Volunteer Work

Ann's
Volunteer Work

Ann's
Volunteer Work

Ann's
Volunteer Work


Zoom

Ann

1973
Ann and
Grandaughter
Evangeline in
Massachusetts

Abt. 1984
Ann
in Florida

Abt. 1984
Ann
in Florida

4 Jul 1984
With Carole
Florida

Sep 1984
With Joe
Florida

 

Dec 1984
With Carole
Florida

1986
Ann
Lake Seminole
Florida

Oct 1987
With Joe
Florida

 

Oct 1987
With Carole,
Joe and Cris
Florida

Oct 1987
Ann with
Joe and Carole
Tarpon Springs,
Florida

Mar 1988
Ann as
Volunteer at
Senior Center
Front  Back

Aug 1988
Ann at
Tarpon Beach
Florida
Front  Back

Mar 1989
With Joe
Florida

 
 

Mar 1989
With Joe,
Susan, Jason,
Carole and Chip
Florida

Jul 1990
80th Birthday
Carole, Chip,
Debbie, Ann, Owen,
Joe, Tim, Sheri
Tarpon Beach
Florida

17 Jul 1990
80th Birthday
at
Carole's Home
Florida

 
 

17 Jul 1990
80th Birthday
Florida

17 Jul 1990
80th Birthday
Florida

Aug 1992
With Carole
Florida

Aug 1992
Ann
Florida

Abt. 1995
Ann

Abt. 1995
Ann

Abt. 1995
Ann

17 Jul 2001
91st Birthday
Florida

12 May 2002
Mothers Day
Florida

9 May 2004
Mothers Day
Florida
1  2

9 May 2004
Mothers Day
Florida
3  4

9 May 2004
Mothers Day
Florida
5  6

9 May 2004
Mothers Day
Florida

9 May 2004
Mothers Day
Florida

9 May 2004
Mothers Day
Florida

9 May 2004
Mothers Day
Florida

4 July 2004
Ann with
Roy Dormer
Florida

4 July 2004
Ann with
Roy Dormer,
Lee Rasmussen,
Sheri Dormer
Florida

1948,  2004
Roberts 'kids'

Sep 2004
Roberts 'boys':
Jim, Brian, Larry,
Joe Jr, Mike, Ken

Sep 2004
Ann's
Memorial Card
and Obituary

Sep 2004
Ann's
Funeral
San Antonio,
Texas

Sep 2004
After the
Funeral
Cheryl, James,
Carole, Joseph

Sep 2004
After the
Funeral
Joseph,
Jean, James

Sep 2004
After the
Funeral
Christine,
Brian

Sep 2004
After the
Funeral
Carl and Betty
Kollenberg

Sep 2004
For Ann

Sep 2004
For Ann

Sep 2004
For Ann

Jan 2005
Joseph and Ann

8 May 2005
Mothers Day

5 Sep 2005
Labor Day

July 2008

 

17 Jul 2013

17 Jul 2013

17 Jul 2013

Memorial Day
2016

Memorial Day
2016

Mothers Day
2018

Mothers Day
2018

Space
available

Space
available

Space
available

 

Military Career of Joseph Roberts

The military career of Joseph Roberts spanned more than 27 years.

He enlisted into the U.S. Army Cavalry on 22 October 1924.
On 31 October 1927 he reenlisted into the Army Air Corps.

He continued his career in the Air service,
renamed the Army Air Forces and then
the United States Air Force after World War II.

Joseph and his wife Margaret Ann had planned for their retirement
to begin when he finished his 30 years of service.
He died in 1952, before they could realize their goal.

Here are records of his discharges and reenlistments, promotions,
and merit ratings.  He was rated Superior in performance of his service,
his character was rated Excellent, and he received commendations.

On his death he received a Presidential Accolade,
as well as accolades from the Air Force Chief of Staff
and senior officers.

His military career is summarized below.
More accolades and commendations are shown higher up on this page.


21 Oct 1927
Discharge
and
Reenlistment
Front  Back

30 Oct 1930
Discharge
and
Reenlistment
Front  Back

30 Oct 1933
Discharge
and
Reenlistment
Front  Back

30 Oct 1936
Discharge
and
Reenlistment
Front  Back

30 Oct 1939
Discharge
and
Reenlistment
Front  Back

1 Nov 1945
Discharge
and
Reenlistment
Front  Back

1 Nov 1948
Discharge
and
Reenlistment
Document 1

1 Nov 1948
Discharge
and
Reenlistment
Document 2

13 Dec 1949
Discharge
and
Reenlistment
Document 1

13 Dec 1949
Discharge
and
Reenlistment
Document 2

11 Feb 1926
Promotion
to
Sergeant (Cav)
Document

9 Jul 1931
Promotion
to
Corporal (AC)
Document

22 Aug 1933
Promotion
to
Sergeant
Front  Back

20 Sep 1938
Promotion
to
First Sergeant
Document

8 Dec 1939
Promotion
to
Staff Sergeant
Document

1 Feb 1940
Promotion
to
First Sergeant
Document

1 Feb 1940
Promotion
to
Technical Sergeant
Document

1 Apr 1941
Promotion
to
Master Sergeant
Front  Back

1 Apr 1941
Promotion
to
Master Sergeant
Document

5 Jun 1943
Legion
of
Merit
1  2
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20 Jun 1947
Training
Front  Back

28 Aug 1948
Record
Front  Back

4 Jan 1950
Merit Report
Front  Back

9 May 1950
Merit Report
Front  Back

6 Dec 1950
Commendation
Transmittal  Letter

 

Photo Album of Cheryl Sue (Roberts) Graves

Cheryl Sue (Roberts) Graves is the youngest daughter of Joseph and Margaret Ann Roberts.

These photos were sent into our family heritage by Cheryl's daughter, Debra Kay Tasker.


Margaret
San Antonio
Riverwalk

Cheryl
San Antonio
Riverwalk

Cheryl
Guadalupe
River

Cheryl
Guadalupe
River

Cheryl
and
Margaret

Carole Ann
Kelly Field

Cheryl Sue
Kelly Field

Cheryl and
Carole

Cheryl Sue
Kelly Field

Cheryl Sue
Kelly Field

Cheryl Sue
Kelly Field

Cheryl Sue
Kelly Field

Cheryl Sue
Kelly Field

Cheryl Sue
Kelly Field

Cheryl Sue
Kelly Field

Cheryl Sue
Kelly Field

Cheryl Sue
Easter
at
Kelly Field

Cheryl Sue
at Grandparents
San Antonio

Grandmother
Anna Shore,
Great-Aunt
Camilla Finegan

Mother
Margaret Ann
and
Cheryl Sue

Margaret
and
Cheryl

Friend and
Cheryl
Victorville,
California
1  2

Mystery
at
Victorville,
California

Cheryl
at
Victorville,
California

Cheryl
at
Victorville,
California

Margaret and
Cheryl
Riverside,
California

Joseph and
Cheryl
Riverside,
California

Cheryl
Riverside,
California

Friend and
Cheryl
Riverside,
California
1  2

Cheryl
Riverside,
California

Cheryl
Riverside,
California

Roberts Children:
James, Cheryl,
Carole, Joseph Jr
California

Cheryl
Avant Ave
San Antonio,
Texas

Fiesta Parade
San Antonio,
Texas

Fiesta Parade
San Antonio,
Texas

Fiesta Parade
San Antonio,
Texas

Fiesta Parade
San Antonio,
Texas

Fiesta Parade
San Antonio,
Texas

Fiesta Parade
San Antonio,
Texas

Fiesta Parade
San Antonio,
Texas

 

Some of the Family's Homes

With the travels of a military service family, Joseph and Margaret Roberts and their children
lived in Texas, California, Panama, and Japan.

1934    San Antonio, Texas.

1949    Riverside, california.

1954    San Antonio, Texas.

 

Below are some photos of the homes where they lived
in San Antonio, Texas, and in Tokyo, Japan.

In 1965, Jim Roberts went to Tokyo.
He found the home where the family had lived in 1952.
His photographs and a description of his visit
are shown below.


615 Delmar St
1939



2004  Zoom

410 Royston Ave
1942



2004

514 Avant Ave
2004

Ann at
716 Denver Blvd
1930


Zoom

716 Denver Blvd
1939



2004  Zoom

Space
available

US House 656
Tokyo
1952

US House 656
Tokyo
1952

Home Tokyo
1965

Street at Home
1965


Jim's Visit
1965

4 July 2018


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