By CHELSEY PLETTS
The beach was dark. Naval guns had cleared enemy resistance the night before. The shoreline stood deserted — except for Joseph Steventon and his team.
After a rough 35-hour journey from Milne Bay to a beachhead in Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea, Steventon and his men were dropped in enemy territory unescorted. Steventon was Executive and Technical Officer with the 989th Signal Service Company responsible for establishing communication lines between American forces.
He was only 25 years old.