Hubert L. Joyner
Staff Sergeant
U. S. Army
Korean War
WWII US Military
Dates of Service: 02/14/1944 - 05/24/1946
Train scheduler, 750th RY OPER BN

"You were on the edge all the time," is how Hubert describes life at the front in the European Theater of Operations. Born in Ashland, Louisiana, Hubert grew up on a farm. At age sixteen he was working as a telegraph operator on the railroad--a perfect excuse to remain at home throughout the war. "The head of the railroad told me that I had an essential job and I didn't have to go. Everyone else was going so I was going too. So that's why I went," he says of entering the military. Hubert joined the U.S. Army in 1944 and shipped out from New York City on the SS Mariposa. Immediately he got seasick. "I always got sick on every ship I rode, and on every landing craft. I'd get sick going to get ashore and coming back," he says. On the trip over, he recalls standing in line for a meal for eight hours and getting six meatballs. Assigned to the 750th Railway Operating Battalion, Hubert landed at Marseille, France and entered the Third Army of General George S. Patton, Jr. As Allies took territory, Hubert worked in depots for military trains that transported ammunition, rations, and building materials. He spotted and quickly removed a swastika from the sides of one of Hitler's private cars, and took the souvenir home. During the Battle of the Bulge, advancing German forces trapped his unit. To supply them, airmen dropped food and ammunition, including canned turkey on Christmas Day, by parachute. He was always cold, he says. "The weather killed as many as the enemy did," he remarks. Hubert served in the occupation forces, and then returned home and was discharged in May of 1946. He worked briefly as a telegraph operator for the railroad, and then for Foremost Dairy Land delivering milk. "My claim to fame is I drove the last horse and wagon delivering milk in Shreveport," he says. Meanwhile he joined the Marine Forces Reserves and entered Louisiana State University where he earned a bachelor's degree. Called up for duty in the Korean war in September 1950 he found himself fighting again in the cold as a sergeant and rifleman in the First Marine Division. He was offered a battlefield commission but declined it. After discharge on November 15, 1951 Hubert returned to Shreveport, earned a master's degree in entomology in 1955, and established Joyner's Pest Control.