“So, then to every man his chance--to every man regardless of his birth, his shining golden opportunity--to every man the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him  -  this, seeker, is the promise of America.” 
 
“You Can’t Go Home Again”
Thomas Wolfe

for Dad

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Yugoslavia

Chicago to Karlsdorf, Yugoslavia 1929-47
Chicago to Karlsdorf, Yugoslavia 1929-47

Joe: "I was born April 1, 1929, in Chicago to immigrant parents from Yugoslavia. In 1931, my parents returned to Yugoslavia."

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Karlsdorf Yugoslavia 1933 Joe's parents are the second couple from left, back row
Karlsdorf Yugoslavia 1933 Joe's parents are the second couple from left, back row

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Chicago to Karlsdorf, Yugoslavia 1929-47
Chicago to Karlsdorf, Yugoslavia 1929-47

Joe: "I was born April 1, 1929, in Chicago to immigrant parents from Yugoslavia. In 1931, my parents returned to Yugoslavia."

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America

Joe: "I arrived in Detroit, on February 27, 1947, not being able to speak a word of English."

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Joe: "At the Welfare Office in N.Y. I was told from a sweet old lady social worker – and a shot in the arm as inspiring as seeing the Statue of Liberty: “The people of New York and of the United States of America hereby present you with $30.00 which you won’t ever have to pay back, --- so you can buy a ticket to Detroit.”

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"Schnapps"

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Joe: "I arrived in Detroit, on February 27, 1947, not being able to speak a word of English."

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Forrestal

1960 – 1963 Navy Flight Surgeon aboard aircraft carrier USS Forrestal

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Navy travels take him around the world
Navy travels take him around the world

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In Florence
In Florence

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1960 – 1963 Navy Flight Surgeon aboard aircraft carrier USS Forrestal

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Fame

1973 – 1980 Director, Alcohol Rehabilitation Service, Naval Regional Medical Center, Long Beach, CA, designed a physician training course for substance abuse treatment and achieved national prominence with the treatment of high-ranking military and civilian members of the U.S. government.

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Alcohol Rehabilitation Service, Naval Regional Medical Center, Long Beach, CA

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Spot-on handwriting analysis
Spot-on handwriting analysis

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1973 – 1980 Director, Alcohol Rehabilitation Service, Naval Regional Medical Center, Long Beach, CA, designed a physician training course for substance abuse treatment and achieved national prominence with the treatment of high-ranking military and civilian members of the U.S. government.

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Family

Irene and children Brian, Andrea, Joe Jr., John
Irene and children Brian, Andrea, Joe Jr., John

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Joe with sons, Detroit Michigan, 1960
Joe with sons, Detroit Michigan, 1960

1960 – 1963 Navy Flight Surgeon aboard aircraft carrier USS Forrestal

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Joe with children Brian, Andrea, and Joe Jr at one their many lunches together
Joe with children Brian, Andrea, and Joe Jr at one their many lunches together

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Irene and children Brian, Andrea, Joe Jr., John
Irene and children Brian, Andrea, Joe Jr., John

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 Joe

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Patriot of the Year - Laguna Beach, CA
Patriot of the Year - Laguna Beach, CA

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1929 - 2021