Security Officer George D. Joyce

Security Officer George D. Joyce

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - Detention and Deportation, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, January 24, 1949

George D. Joyce

Security Officer George Joyce was stabbed to death by an illegal alien detainee at the Immigration Station in Honolulu, Hawaii.

He was delivering the detainees breakfast tray and was attacked when the cell door was opened. The detainee stabbed him in the neck several times, severing his jugular. A jail matron and another detainee assisted in subduing the subject and called for help.

Officer Joyce slipped into a coma and died of his wounds five days later.

The subject who stabbed him was determined to be insane and subsequently deported to his native China.

Officer Joyce had served as a security officer with the Immigration and Naturalization Service for only one month.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location Hawaii
  • Incident Date Wednesday, January 19, 1949
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Deported to China

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Officer Joyce,
On today, the 64th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Service. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

A fellow Immigration Officer

United States Border Patrol

January 24, 2013

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