(Algoma Record Herald, Dec. 19, 1941)
KEWAUNEE — Kewaunee County’s first World War II fatality is Jospeh A. Muhofski, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Muhofski, Kewaunee, who was killed in action with the U.S. fleet off Hawaii during the Japanese Sunday raids there Dec. 7, a telegram received last week Thursday from the War Department disclosed.
Memorial services were conducted for the departed hero at the Catholic church in Kewaunee by the Rev. Joseph Vondrcek this week.
A radioman, third class, Joseph was a member of the crew of a seaplane operating from one of the United States battleships at Pearl Harbor. The War Department telegram said that his body had not been recovered.
Morning after receipt of the telegram, the parents received a letter from Joseph, together with a Christmas gift, the letter revealing enthusiasm for his work and stating that the navy had increased its watchfulness, fearing a surprise attack.
He was born Oct. 31, 1918, and graduated from the Kewaunee High school in 1936. Long interested in radio, he secured an amateur operator’s license under the call letters W9QJA in Kewaunee. He enlisted in the navy March 22, 1940, spent six months at the Great Lakes, Ill., training station, and then went to San Diego, Calif. He had been stationed at Pearl Harbor since January of 1941.
Surviving besides his parents are a brother, Harry, Baltimore, Md., and two sisters, Mrs. Joseph Winter, Milwaukee, and Miss Grace, Spencerian College student in Milwaukee.