Out on patrol, Joe always rode in the first HUMVEE, because of his core belief in ‘leading from the front.’ As a rule, he never asked his men to do anything that he himself wouldn’t do. To both those who served with him and knew him outside the military, Joe brought tremendous devotion to protecting and caring for those around him.
Joseph served two tours in Iraq, first with the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division, and later as the G-2 advisor, 10th Iraqi Army Division. After receiving his Green Beret, Joe was assigned to Co. C, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he served as Detachment Commander of Special Forces Operational Detachment – Alpha 3333. On May 29, 2011, Joseph was killed in action in the Wardak Province, Afghanistan.
The Captain Joseph House Foundation is dedicated to carrying on Joe’s spirit by providing comfort and care to the families of the Fallen, as they honor, respect, and remember their loved one.