Joseph Seliba Wattles was born in Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee, the son of John Wilbur Foster Wattles and Nannie Elizabeth Richardson .
Died of injuries
Buried at Manila American Cemetery, Philippines, D, 1, 68
The Chattanooga Daily Times, 7 February 1945
Reported dead of wounds was Pfc. Joseph S. Wattles, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Wattles, 711 Oak Street.
Pfc. Wattles, 30, was reported to have died of wounds or injuries on Jan. 6 on Morotai, in the Pacific theater of operations. He was a graduate of Chattanooga High School and was employed at the Chattanooga Upholstery Company before entering the army in April, 1942. He had been overseas since January, 1944.
He was the brother of Cpl. Wilbur F. Wattles, now stationed in London, and of James Kenneth Wattles of Oak Ridge, Tenn.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 31 March 1914
- Date of death: 6 January 1945
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 167th Infantry Regiment, 31st Infantry Division
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Middle Panel
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