World War I
Due to his service with the United States Army, Joseph was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal. After he died, Sarah had to raise Steve by herself, lamenting that Joseph left them too soon. She often noted that Steve was very much like his father, wanting to follow Joseph's steps as a soldier. When his wife died in 1936, she was buried next to him.
- In the comics, Joseph Rogers was an Irish immigrant who had his son after World War I.