Edwin "Jeong Shew Wing" Jeong Joe
September 15, 1921 – November 4, 2012
A memorial service with full Military Honors is scheduled in order to celebrate the life of Edwin Jeong Joe, Saturday, November 10th, 11:30 a.m., at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road.
Edwin peacefully passed away on November 4, 2012. Edwin was born, Jeong Shew Wing, on September 15, 1921 in China to Joe Mon Poy and Yew Shew. At the age of two, he came to Bakersfield to live with his father. Edwin was a graduate of Kern County Union High School, class of 1940.
Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Edwin enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and served as a tail gunner on an A-20 attack bomber, based in England. Uniquely, Edwin was the only Chinese-American in the 416th Bomb Group and flew on 55 missions. On September 29, 1944, Edwin and his two other crew members volunteered for a mission over Bitburg, Germany, where their plane was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. Edwin parachuted to safety and was the sole survivor. Edwin eluded capture by German troops for seven days; after which he spent over a year in captivity until the end of WWII. Edwin was awarded two Purple Hearts as he had sustained frost bitten feet and shrapnel wounds from his heroic service.
After the war he met his wife to be, Gloria, who had served in the U.S. Coast Guard. They were wed in Houston, Texas in 1946 and moved to Bakersfield. Together, they operated their own restaurant and grocery business while raising three children. Edwin was a member of the Cessna-Sargent ex-P.O.W.'s.
Even though Edwin had enjoyed bowling, golfing and watching sports, he had placed providing for his family above anything else. Honoring his memory, Edwin is survived by his daughters, Kathleen L. Joe and Charlene J. Misono and her husband, Frederick T. Misono; son, E.C. Joe and his wife, Christy L. Joe; and grandchildren, Robert M. Misono and his wife, Anita W. Misono, Misa K. Misono and her husband Josh MacAdam, Layton A. Joe and Christopher E. Joe; and great grandchild, Lincoln Misono.
The family would like to thank Dr. Y and Nurse Melissa and all the caregivers at Gracious Living for their kind and compassionate care of Grandpa Joe. Special thanks go to his main caregiver Jun who formed a special Father-Son bond with grandpa. They became best friends. They spent many an hour in grandpa's "man cave" of a room watching late night sports and talking a lot of smack.
Edwin "Jeong Shew Wing" Jeong Joe On-Line Obituary, DignityMemorial.com (https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/bakersfield-ca/edwin-joe-5296367 : accessed 16 April 2021)
On-Line Obituary includes Memorial Video and many family photograps