Joe Worden was born April 19, 1919, in La Grande, Oregon.
Or, at least, that's what he wants us to believe.
His birth was recorded only in "a family Bible he hasn't seen since he was a kid." Without a record of his birth, he can't get a passport to visit his granddaughter, stationed with the Air Force in Germany. Worden himself served on the USS Enterprise during World War II, the Navy foolishly accepting his word that he had been born.
Family friend Rochelle Lake is having trouble digging up the necessary proof of Worden's birth.
Additional paperwork he’ll need, according to the Web site for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, include other documents that prove his birth, such as Census records, school records, family Bibles or a statement from the doctor who treated him as an infant.Because I couldn't help myself: 9-month-old Joseph appears at the bottom of sheet 117A of the 1920 census for La Grande (Precinct No. 8).
Additionally, an affidavit from an older family member, with knowledge of his birth, is required.
"So now I have to find a doctor that’s known him all his life," said Lake.
"Well, he’s outlived everybody. Family members? Anyone that was older than him are all dead!" [Link]