Joseph Byrd was born in January 3, 1921 to Isaiah and Mabel Byrd who lived in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Joseph was one of eight children.
Joseph entered the Army in 1942. After basic training, he was assigned to serve with the all Black 386 Engineer Battalion, which was formed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. They staged for deployment at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. Joseph was sent overseas to the European Theater of Operations on April 20, 1943.Joseph Maguire Byrd was born January 3, 1919 to Isaiah and Mabel Byrd West Chester, Pennsylvania.