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For information about the Veterans Park contact:

Nederland Parks & Recreation Department
2301 Avenue H
Nederland, TX 77627 
Phone: 409-724-0773


For information about the Database contact:

Marion & Ed Hughes
Public Library

2712 Nederland Avenue
Nederland, TX 77627 
Phone: 409-722-1255

Database Number   68
Name   Ware, Joe Leslie, Sr.
Service No.    
Birth Date   10 February 1924
Birth Place   Nederland, Jefferson Co., Texas
Death Date   14 October 2012
Death Place   Austin, Travis Co., Texas
Cause of Death    
Place of Burial   Liberty Hill Cemetery, Liberty Hill, Williamson Co., Texas
Service Branch   Navy


  U.S.S. Colorado (BB-45)
Rank/Grade   Machinist Mate 3rd Class
Date of Enlistment   1943
Date of Discharge   1946
Service Occupation    
Civilian Occupation    
Date Added to Database   22 July 2015
Source of Service Information   Obituary and
Oral History  

An oral history is available at the National Museum of the Pacific War's Digital Archive. To access click here.

Newspaper Articles  

Chronicle, 21 April 1944, pg. 5


Chronicle, 3 August 1945, pg. 1



Obituary was found on the Austin American-Stateman website. It reads:

"Joe Leslie Ware, Sr. Joe Leslie Ware, Sr., 88, of Bertram, Texas passed away October 14, 2012 in Austin, Texas. He was born February 10, 1924 in Nederland, Texas. Joe proudly served his country aboard the USS Colorado during World War II. He continued his service by initiating the now hugely popular Memorial Day program at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. His loyalty to his country and family was evident throughout his life. Joe retired from the Texas Highway Department in 1982. He was a prominent resident of Bertram, Texas where he helped expand the Bertram Library and was active in the First United Methodist Church. Our one-of-a-kind "Joe Daddy" could always make you smile and offered a helping hand. He was a mighty example of how to live life to the fullest - Joe Daddy will be missed by all. He is preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Christine Salyer Ware. He is survived by his 3 children, Mary Lou Wells, Paula Rutherford and Les Ware; 5 grandchildren & 15 great grandchildren. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening, on Wednesday, the 17th of October 2012, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. The funeral service will be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon on Thursday, the 18th of October 2012, at First United Methodist Church, 115 North Street, Bertram, Texas with Rev. Chris Bistline officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Liberty Hill Cemetery under the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, memorials may be sent to the National Museum of the Pacific, 340 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624. - See more at: