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Remembering Joe Sweeney

Joe Sweeney in his Navy uniform Joe Sweeney in his Navy uniform
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) La Crosse native, and Pearl Harbor survivor, Joe Sweeney passed away Wednesday, March 19.

In June of 2012, Joe traveled to Hawaii with other Wisconsin veterans that survived the attack. News 19 featured the honor flight in a special report "Return to Pearl Harbor".

News 19's Amy DuPont got to know Joe during the trip and the two became friends. Amy paid special tribute to Joe on News 19 Daybreak:

"The best part of being a journalist is meeting people; not celebrities or politicians, but ordinary folks who make the world a better place. I met one of those people in 2012.

Joe Sweeney
was stationed on the USS Whitney, docked near battleship row, the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

In June of 2012, Joe and 18 other Wisconsin survivors of that attack traveled back to Hawaii on a very special honor flight. I had the chance to get to know Joe during the trip and we’ve continued to stay in touch since.

He passed away Wednesday morning.

Joe and I got together for lunch on a monthly basis. We’d share a cheeseburger, fries and root beer, and shoot the breeze.

Joe was one of the most positive, fun loving, caring men I’ve ever met. His smile and laugh were infectious. I don’t think I will ever meet a more genuine, honorable guy. I’m honored Joe shared his Pearl Harbor story, and one of his last days with me.

Joe touched many lives in his 93 years of life; including mine. Thanks for the memories Joe. Thank you for your friendship. You will be dearly missed."

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