Joseph Ambrose was an exceptional man in every way. Born in Hawaii, he overcame incredible challenges resulting from losing his Mom and Dad by the time he 5. The children were split up and Joseph was sent to an orphanage. For several years, his older brother and sister worked hard to get enough money to buy a small house so they could give Joseph a real home. They did just that and Joe was so appreciative he worked every day shining shoes and mowing yards to help pay for the house. While mowing a yard one day, Joseph saw planes and heard explosions as he was personally witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor. That day changed everything and he wanted to do everything he could for his country. A short time later, at the very young age of 16, he joined the Navy. Just weeks later, he was assigned to a “wooden subchaser” assigned to hunting down and destroying Japanese subs in the South Pacific, a particularly perilous duty. After World War II ended, he joined the Army and served during the Korean War. After that, he joined the Air Force where he served with distinction for 17 years. As an example of his outstanding service, in 1968, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery when he led a successful rescue mission into a hostile and enemy held territory in Vietnam after U. S. pilots had crashed and men were stranded and injured. After serving 24 years in 3 branches of the military and being involved with 3 wars, he joined the Sheriff's Office in 1972 where he served the citizens of Brevard County as a Bailiff and Court Deputy for another 17 years of faithful service. Joseph was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. Looking back, it is hard to believe just one man could have done so much for so many. We have been blessed by God to know him.