April 10, 1963
Torpedoman's Mate First Class
UNITED STATES NAVY
Joseph Hartshorne Hoague was born on June 8, 1939, in Lynn, Mass. He attended local schools there and was active in athletics and student activities.
He earned a letter in football and was a member of the track team. He also belonged to the dramatic club, travel club, and Junior Red Cross organization, and was a member of the student council.
Joseph enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve submarine program in September 1957, and became a member of the Naval Reserve Submarine Division 1-11, Salem, Mass.
He requested active duty and entered the Submarine School at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn. He completed the course of instruction on September 1, 1958, and was assigned to the U.S.S. Angler (SS 240). while serving in that command, Joseph became qualified as a submariner, and was awarded his silver dolphins on November 19, 1959.
Joseph served in the Angler until December 2, 1962, when he was assigned to the original commissioning crew of the nuclear-powered submarine U.S.S. Thresher (SSN 593). He had earned the Navy's Good Conduct Medal, and a letter of commendation from the commanding officer of the Thresher, for his outstanding performance of duty, while in Thresher.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Judith Hoague; son, Joseph; and daughters,
Jody and Jill of Lynn, Mass. He also leaves his stepmother, Mrs.
Elizabeth P. Hoague, and a sister, Mrs. Joan Bishop.