Roll of Honor

Midshipmen entering the gates of Columbia University, circa 1943.

Joseph Arthur Porterfield

  • School: Business
  • Class Year: 1941
  • War: World War II
  • Date of Death: December 19, 1944

Lieutenant Joseph Arthur Porterfield, U.S. Army Air Forces, was reported killed in the Adriatic area of operations, December 19, 1944.

Joseph Arthur Porterfield


March 4, 1946, his father wrote: "Joseph Arthur was killed over the Adriatic on December 8, 1943, having left Italy in a P-38, combat plane, to escort a fleet of heavy bombers on the way to Greece. He was declared dead on February 8, 1945, and awarded the Purple Heart on March 28, 1945." Listed as a 2nd Lt. on a list of WW II deaths.

- Ronald Harper

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