U.S. Army 1942–1945
At the age of 22, Joseph A. Todisco was called up to join the Army. After learning to fire artillery weaponry and helping to write ground-to-air defense manuals, Joe was soon sent to New Guinea and the Philippines, with expectations of defending against the Japanese. In the Philippines, he was a sentry at the home of General Douglas MacArthur and saw firsthand the results of war. He speaks fondly of the general and his leadership.