HAROLD "Hal" JOSLIN
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Harold E. Joslin "Hal"
A 101 year old retired Navy Captain, World War II veteran, and former World War II prisoner of war (POW), passed peacefully from this life on March 11, 2020. Harold grew up on a small farm in Washington State and joined the Navy when he was 18. He attended radio school in Washington, DC to become a code breaker, making him a member of the On The Roof Gang. He married Marie, whose family had a farm near Harold's family farm, and together they went to Guam. Marie left Guam before WWII started, but Harold remained and was captured by the Japanese shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Harold spent almost four years as a POW in the Zentsuji prison camp, laboring and helping his fellow prisoners. After the war, Harold returned to the States and resumed his life with Marie. His only child, Sandra, was born, and Harold continued in a long and successful Navy career, rising through the ranks and serving at sea and abroad. He retired as a Navy Captain and moved to Bethesda, MD after nearly 40 years of service. In retirement, Harold enjoyed serving his church and homeowners' board, walking, golfing, studying and visiting with family and friends. Throughout life, to the very end, he was quick with a joke, and a laugh, and a helping hand.  Harold spent some of his later years caring for Marie as she struggled with Alzheimer's. He lived on his own until he was 92, then spent five years in assisted living near his grandson's family in McLean, VA, finally moving to an assisted living home in Ann Arbor, MI, where he lived close to his daughter, and where they were able to spend time together during his final years.  Harold is survived by his daughter, two grandsons and their wives, and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Marie and his oldest grandson.  Harold was a friend and mentor to many, and he will be remembered, loved, and celebrated always by the people whose lives he touched.  Harold will join Marie in Arlington National Cemetery, where he will be buried with full military honors later this year.

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Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 12, 2020.
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April 21, 2020
Our concordances on the passing of our friend Hal Joslin. We became acquainted with him and his wife Marie while researching the navy listing post on Guam that Hal served at in the beginning of World War II.
David Lotz
April 14, 2020
Captain Joslin was an inspiration to me as as a young and brash JG returning to WashDC from Japan after several exciting 900 missions. His smile, and sense of humor was bolstered by my knowledge of his extraordinary wartime history. I am honored to have known him.
Lionel Olmer
April 13, 2020
I served under Captain Joslin in Scotland for two years. He was inspiring leader, warm and compassionate person and great to work for. I was quite a young man at the time and his example no doubt had a seminal effect on my life. Thank you
Robert Waller
April 13, 2020
One of the finest officers and a gentleman that it has been my pleasure to serve with. He re-enlisted my in Edzell in 1967. Rest In Peace, Sailor. You have served our country well..
April 12, 2020
Hal and Marie were faithful, encouraging members at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. My husband Les, their pastor and I so appreciated their sharing their heroic story with us. The Lord sustained Hal's life all these years so that in your loss at this challenging time of the covid19 epidemic you would know he held on to his sure hope in Jesus his Savior.. I remember meeting Sandy and her younger son. I know how happy Hal was to know the boys and live to have great-grand children.
My own children were blesses, too, by Hal and Marie. Sylvia Zeitler-Atsinger
Sylvia Zeitler-Atsinger
April 12, 2020
Our commanding officer in Edzell, Scotland
great man...

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Lincoln Grimm
April 12, 2020
Captain Joslun was my first duty station commanding officer. He was a great leader and gentleman. Rest In Peace, Captain.
Alfred Ayers
Served In Military Together
April 12, 2020
Friend of haroldjoslin/thru my dad dick knotts, I can be reached at 301-262-7169,allen knotts, please call
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