Joe Rockforte Day set for June 6

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PLAQUEMINE - D-Day 6 June 1944 an epic event of World War II and Plaquemine native Joseph J. Rockforte was there.

"Our unit disembarked on June 7, I slung my rifle on my back, climbed over the railing of our ship and climbed down the cargo net into a landing craft," Rockforte said. "Shortly thereafter we land on Utah Beach, proceeded inland and came under German fire."

The Friends of the Plaquemine Lock will be honoring Joe on June 6 at the Lock from 3 - 5 p.m. Come meet and greet Joe and hear his story.

Rockforte was born Aug. 3, 1922 in Plaquemine. His family later moved to Port Allen and he was enrolled in school there, leaving after the sixth grade.

On Oct. 16, 1942, his draft number came up and he became a member of the United States Army after passing a physical in New Orleans.

He married Gretta Alleman at St. John the Evangelist Church on Aug. 18 1954 and they had four children Judy, Joseph, Janis and Billy and six grandchildren.