Joseph J. Cozzone was born in 1922 and grew up in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. His parents imigrated from Italy. He was the oldest of six children. His mother passed away before Joseph turned eight years old.
Joseph graduated from Downingtown High School, where he was on the student council and on both the varsity baseball and football teams. After graduation, he worked at the Downingtown Manufacturing Company.
Joseph entered the Army Air Corps on August 1, 1942. After basic training, he completed training as an aircraft mechanic at the Army Air Forces Technical Training Command School at Gulfport Field, Mississippi. Joseph then completed training at the Army Air Force Gunnery School in Kingman, Arizona and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Joseph returned home on his only furlough in early July, 1943. He was then shipped overseas and assigned to serve with the 329th Bombardment Squadron of the 93rd Bombardment Group, (part of the Eighth Air Force, 2nd Bombardment division, 20th Combat Bombardment Wing). The 329th was stationed at Hardwick Airfield in southern England.
Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Cozzone was Killed In Action on November 13, 1943 on a mission over Germany. His Father received a telegram from the War Department on November 26th informing them that their son was Missing In Action over Germany. They still held hope that Joseph would be found alive. His family and many friends had just received Christmas cards from Joseph postmarked November 9th.
In late May, 1944, Joseph's family received a letter from the War Department stating that Joseph was Killed In Action over Germany. Joseph's body was returned to his home country for final burial in November, 1950. A Solemn Requiem Mass was held at St Joseph’s Church, with internment at the church cemetary. He was buried with full military honors rendered by local Veteran’s groups.
Joseph’s brother, Andrew served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific.