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WW II Veteran Joseph Keith Mauie
BLOOMFIELD — Graveside services for Joseph Maule will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Bloomfield Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy Funeral Honors Detail, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4996, American Legion Post 249 and American Legion Riders.

Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements.

He died Dec. 7, 1941, while serving his country at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.


Joseph Keith Maule was born in Bloomfield on March 20, 1923, to Anton and Ellen Maule (deceased). He had five siblings who are all deceased: Donald (Eva), Vlastimil (Ramona), Antoinette (Willard) Drobney, Bonnie (Foam) Ellis and Elizabeth (Cammy) Cull. Uncle Joe is survived by his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and even his great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Joe enlisted in the Navy in Omaha on Jan. 6, 1941, at age 17, and reported to duty aboard the USS Oklahoma on May 8, 1941.

On Dec. 7, 1941, the USS Oklahoma was moored in Berth F-5 in Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor Honolulu, Hawaii, when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. The first torpedo hit just before 8 a.m. followed by multiple torpedoes which caused the USS Oklahoma to quickly capsize resulting in the deaths of its 429 sailors and marines. USN Seaman First Class Maule was reported “missing” and later classified at “killed in action.” The majority of the 2,408 souls lost that day were buried in mass grave sites in Hawaii. The family was told his remains were “unrecoverable.” Joe’s parents and siblings wished their entire lives that Joe could be brought back to rest in Bloomfield. That wish is finally coming true some 78 years later.

Around 2014, the Navy contacted the Maule family and collected DNA from nephew Joseph Keith Maule, niece Jane Mattern and niece Judy Drobney-Taylor. Joe’s remains were sent to Omaha and finally identified last year. RIP Sailor.
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