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Joseph Babineau 1919 - 2012

Joseph was a Master Sergeant World War II Vet.
He received the nickname of "Silent Joe" as a tribute of his refusal to give out any official information to unauthorized individuals.
Joe served in the Aleutian Islands and the South Pacific and received the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, the American Theater Campaign Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was a Captain in the Chicopee, MA fire department.
  Joe was a graduate of the Massachusetts Fire Academy and received a Fire Science Degree from Springfield Technical Community College which certified him as a Fire Science Instructor in the State of Massachusetts.
  He was named the first Certified Drillmaster Training Instructor for the Chicopee Fire Department.
  He also studied at the New Haven Fire Academy and was an instructor for the American Red Cross, served as an Emergency Medical Technician and was instrumental in establishing the ambulance service through the fire department for the City of Chicopee.

Joe received several citations from the Chicopee Fire Department during his career but was especially proud of receiving the Honor Medal for Life Saving which he and his company received for their rescue actions at a fire in 1961 on Sheridan Circle. Without regard for their lives, they passed out three children to their mother and went back into the fire to rescue a fourth.

He was a 55 year member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and a member, past Faithful Navigator and longtime Commander of the Honor Guard of the Father Daniel Doyle Assembly 2631. Through the Assembly, he initiated a program named "Coats for Kids" that provided winter coats for the students of Chicopee.

He was also an artist and craftsman, creating many stained glass objects and making a violin for his Granddaughter.


Notes from a genealogy.

Joseph is connected to the California Pioneers here thru his Granddaughter, who married into one of the other families here.

Joseph lent his name to his Great Grandson, Arthur Joseph Babineau McBride

last updated 28 Dec 2019