Joseph P. Lo Presto, Jr. was born in 1923 in New York. He enlisted in the Army on January 9, 1943 in Buffalo, New York. He was noted as being employed as a Post office clerk and also as Single, without dependents. He resided in Erie County, New York prior to the war. Joseph served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Private First Class in the 306th Quartermaster Battalion. He was killed during the Exercise Tiger--one of the large-scale rehearsals for the D-Day invasion of Normandy. This took place in April 1944 in Slapton Sands, Devon in the UK. An Allied naval convoy involved in the exercise was attacked by German submarines, and coordination and communication problems resulted in friendly fire deaths. At least 749 American servicemen were killed. Because of the impending invasion of Normandy, the incident was highly classified and the full story did not come out until years later after the war. He was declared "Missing in Action" on April 28, 1944 and is commemorated on Tablets of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, United Kingdom. His name is listed under the 557th Quartermaster Raildhead Company on a large plaque inside a bunker in Utah Beach, France.