In this paper we present the design and implementation of the Joint Viterbi Detector Decoder (JVDD) algorithm onto a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). Based on the reference C-code, we implemented each individual functions of the JVDD in VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL) and tested against the results of the reference C-code. They include the calculation of the noise free metrics, of the branch metrics, the copy-and-extend of the survivors' bit-patterns, survivors' kill-by-ParityCheck, kill-by-Threshold and kill-by-Capping, as well as sorting. Some modules exploit the full hardware parallelism, while trying to automate the generation of VHDL modules together with their test-benches. Our JVDD implementation can be parameterized for any Parity Check Matrix (PCM) size and code rate (R), with the current focus for a CWL = 64 and R = 0.5, scaling up to larger CWLs using Block RAMs (BRAMs). Finally, a systematic study of the JVDD memory requirements for longer CWLs (e.g. 4096) identified the need for larger FPGA, such as Xilinx Virtex-7 UltraScale.