Born 26 September 1921 in Monarch Sheridan County Wyoming Fourth of seven children to John and Elenora Turon. The family moved to Oak Creek, Colorado in 1931 where John Turon worked in coal mines. Joe joined the Civilian Conservation Corp. and worked around Maybell and Massadona until joining the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1941. Part of MACR #745 Tail gunner for the B-17 42-30646 when it was shot down on 4 October 1943. Taken as POW after parachuting into Weisbaum. He spend four months at a German Hospital recovering from shrapnel injuries. He went between several prisoner camps for 18 months before being liberated by the Russians in 1945. Joe then returned to the coal mines and married Lottie May Bing on 15 July 1951. They had four children. Photo shows a newspaper article from 6 April 1944 about a letter he wrote to his mother while in Germany. He passed away at the age of 87 in Grand Junction, Mesa County, Colorado.