Joseph J. Cozzone was born on June 4, 1921 and grew up in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. His parents imigrated from Italy. He was the oldest of six children. His mother passed away when Joseph was young.
Joseph graduated from Downingtown high school and then worked at the Downingtown Manufacturing Company.
Joseph entered the Army Air Corps on August 1, 1942. After basic training, he trained as an aircraft mechanic at the Army Air Forces Technical Training Command School at Gulfport Field, MI and also trained at the Army Air Force Gunnery School in Kingman, AZ, after which he was promoted to Sergeant.
Joseph returned home on his only furlough in July, 194 and was then shipped overseas and assigned to serve with the 329th Bombardment Squadron of the 93rd Bombardment Group, (part of the Eighth Air Force, 2nd Bombardment division, 20th Combat Bombardment Wing). The 329th was stationed at Hardwick Airfield in southern England.