Joseph R. Horvath enlisted into the Army on August 12th 1942 from Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He was originally assigned to one of the two EGB units that made the Atlantic crossing to Africa in early May of 1943. EGB-447 and EGB-448 served as replacement troops for the 82nd Airborne Division. Joe was assigned to Headquarters company of the 2nd Battalion prior to the jump into Sicily. He made all four combat jumps with the 505. He received three Bonze Star medals for valor and several Purple Hearts. Joe was a member of the 2nd Battalions 81mm mortar platoon, he hailed from Rillton, Pennsylvania.
( Photos and bio courtesy of Mitch Ekovich his nephew.)
Sergeant Joe R. Horvath
Article on Joe in his local paper.
Joe Horvath is at left
Joe Horvath of the 2nd Battalion Headquarters Company dropping
mortar rounds in Sicily. (Bottom right)
Morter Position In Holland
Joe receives an oak leaf cluster to his Bronze Star medal.
Joe In Holland. (kneeling)
Ben Vandervoort speaks highly of Joe and the officers of the 2nd Battalion's 81mm