On 15 June 1952 Joseph, his mother and two older siblings boarded the U.S. Naval Ship General Maurice Rose, which was a transport ship, in Bremerhaven, Germany. They arrived on 23 June in New York City. At the time the family returned to the United States, they were living in Catlett, Virginia.
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In 1955 Joseph's parents were living in Newport News, but on 23 July 1956, Joseph, his mother and two older siblings flew from San Francisco to Honolulu. My assumption is they were on their way to Japan to join Joseph's father. His mother returned to Honolulu alone from Tokyo in 1957.
By 1968 Joseph was a senior at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. He was studying to receive a Bachelor or Arts degree in Music and participated in intramural, University Choir, Men's Glee Club, Baptist Student Union, and the Ministerial Association.
Some time after he graduated Joseph met and married Kathy Ann Sauerwein. In 1985 when her father died, the couple lived in at 1238 Belvedere Drive in Charleston, South Carolina. By 1988 they lived in Danville, Virginia, where Joseph Northen served as the Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Danville for 25 years before he retired in 2013.
Joseph Clyde and Kathy Ann (Sauerwein) Northen had one son.
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