Fenton veteran honored on floor of Congress days before his death

Joseph Cherup Jr.

The life of Joseph Cherup Jr. of Fenton — who as a soldier helped negotiate the release of a U.S. general held hostage for three days during the Korean War — was honored by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin on the floor of Congress on April 19, 2021, just five days before his death.

Photo courtesy of Dana Fitrakis.

A friend delivered the tribute to Cherup in the hospital.

A life member of the VFW Fenton Post 3243, Cherup owned several business, including the Trade Winds Cocktail Lounge in Detroit. He was also described as a “kind man who helped take care of others.” In addition to donating his time and money to charities and causes that helped others, Cherup cared for his mother and younger sister after his father died. His mother lived with him in Fenton until she died in 2007.

After his funeral, Cherup was laid to rest at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

Photo courtesy of Dana Fitrakis.

You can read Cherup’s obituary by clicking here.

You can read the tribute that was read into the Congressional record here:


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