Williams took part in the training mission "Exercise Tiger" for the D-Day invasion that turned out to be a disaster. Many American lives were lost due to friendly fire and an German ambush. The operation was sealed and never talked about for years.
The USS Bayfield also took part in the battle of Iwo Jima.
After the war, Joe eventually met his wife Faye. In July, the couple will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
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