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This page by Frank Charney
Latest update September 24 2004
World War II casualties remembered

Nanty Glo's World War II memorial (above) once occupied present site of Gazebo.
From the NTAMHS CD-ROM, Life in the Valley. Click for more information.


A ground breaking ceremony was held in Washington DC with President Clinton in attendance on Veterans Day, November 11, 2000, for the dedication of the overdue and long-awaited World War II Memorial. There is controversy over its planned location, some opponents stating that the site will obstruct the present grand view of the Washington Mall area stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building. Regardless of the debate, the veterans of the Big War deserve recognition for the supreme sacrifice they made.

As a youngster, I remember the Nanty Glo Capital Theater had a glass display case with an honor roll listing World War II servicemen who were killed in combat or some service-connected accident. When a serviceman fell victim during the war, his name was added to the honor roll. The Nanty Glo Journal provided a list of the Blacklick Valley war dead in an August 1945 issue that should bring back memories especially for older Gloers. In remembrance of those killed, who are not to be forgotten, the following list is provided:

Name

Rank

Service branch

Home town

Date Killed or Reported Missing

Where Killed or Reported Missing

George A. Anderson

Tech Sgt

Air Force

Nanty Glo

11/42

European Theatre

Stephen Bartok

2nd Lt.

Army

Twin Rocks

07/28/44

France

Russell Beatty

Pfc

Army

Singer Hill

01/08/45

Belgium

Paul Bezek

T-5

Nanty Glo

03/16/45

Drowned in Luzon

George W. Bensor

Pvt

Army

Nanty Glo

05/25/44

Italy

John Britsky **

Cpl

Army

Vintondale

08/15/44

France (see note at bottom)

Samuel L. Burkhart Pvt.   Mineral Point R. D. 04/06/45 Germany

Joseph J. Buschko

Tech. Sgt

Air Force

Nanty Glo

01/21/44

European Theater

Harry B. Campbell Cpl.   Belsano 02/26/44 Anzio beachhead
Michael "Shagg" Capelli sniper Army Nanty Glo "very end of war" France Click here for additional information.

Charles T. Casper

Tech Sgt

Air Force

Nanty Glo

02/26/45

Rhineland

Michael Cherkola

Staff Sgt

Army

Good's Corner

03/24/45

Germany

Mike Charnesky

Pfc

Army

Nanty Glo

04/23/45

Luzon

Steve Chugus

Seaman, 2nd Class

Navy

Nanty Glo

11/13/42

Aboard USS Juneau at Guadalcanal

Martin L. Courtney

Pvt

Army

Nanty Glo

08/12/44

France

Herbert B. Daly TSGT Air Force Vintondale (VFW post named for him)
04/16/43
328th BS, 8th, Europe

Milton A. Dixon

Lt

Air Force

Colver

08/26/43

Sarasota, Fla.

Fred Dumm

Sgt

Army

Nicktown. R.D.

07/01/44

France

Walter Dunwiddie

Pvt.

Army

Nanty Glo

Spring, '44

Italy

Lloyd Evans

Sgt

Army

Nanty Glo

08/08/44

France

Alex George

Staff Sgt

Army

Nanty Glo

05/11/45
(Last day of war)

Germany

Darrell Gillen

Sgt

Army

Park Hill

04/23/45

Luzon

Roy G. Gongloff

Pvt

Army

Revloc

07/05/44

Italy

Michael Gyurke, Jr.* Pfc  Army Nettleton 11/29/44 France

Jack Hannigan

2nd Lt.

Army

Nanty Glo

01/10/45

Germany

Frank Hegedus

Pfc

Army

Vintondale

08/25/44

France

Harry E. Hite

Master Sgt

Air Force

Belsano

11/09/42

Ellington Field, Texas

John Hruska

Pvt

Army

Nanty Glo

07/09/44

France

Thelma (Moss) Jordon

Navy WAVES

Navy

05/28/45

Brooklyn Naval Hospital

John Kasarnich Jr.

Pvt

Army

Twin Rocks

12/27/44

Luxembourg

Steve L. Klosz

Pfc

Army

Twin Rocks (VFW Post named for him)

Fall, 43

North Africa

Michael Kovash PFC Army Twin Rocks 11/30/44 France

Michael Kozar

Staff Sgt

Army

Vintondale

11/27/44

Germany

Nick Kozarosky Pvt Army Nanty Glo 05/04/45 Germany

George A. Larish

Lt.

Army

Vintondale

06/10/44

France

Ronald Longhard

Pfc

Army

Nanty Glo

12/29/44

European Theater

George A. Lybarger

Vintondale

11/29/42

Drowned in Canal Zone

David J. Mack

Pvt

Army

Vintondale R.D.

04/01/44

Italy

Wallace G. Madill

Pvt

Army

Nanty Glo

11/20/43

England

John Harold Makins Pfc   Belsano 06/09/44 France

Clifford Martin

Cpl

Army

Nanty Glo

07/29/44

War Wounds, in Corsica

Michael Matachosky

PFC

Marines

Twin Rocks

02/22/44

Eniwetok, Marshall Is.

William D. Miller

Staff Sgt

Army

Twin Rocks

06/11/44

France

William R. Miller

Chief Petty Officer

Navy

Nanty Glo

06/22/45

Bethesda, Maryland

Charles Molinsky

Pvt

Army

Nanty Glo

12/25/44

European Theater

John B. Mosso

Sgt

Army

Nanty Glo

08/07/44

France

Kenneth Mottin

Pvt

Army

Nanty Glo

07/12/44

Vancouver, W

Mike Muzich

Pvt.

Army

Dilltown

07/07/44

France

Myron Nelson

Cpl

Army

Nicktown

02/21/44

Pacific Theeater

Robert R. Noble

Pfc

Army

Nanty Glo

06/06/44

France, D-Day at Normandy

Russel E. Oaks

Sgt

Army

Good's Corner

11/43

Mediterranean

Henry Palencsar

Pvt

Marines

Nanty Glo

08/02/44

Saipan

David Price

Pvt

Army

Clymer

08/12/44

France

Nicholas Pruski

Pvt

Army

Nanty Glo

09/24/43

Mediterrean Theater

John Regetz

Pvt

Vintondale

09/44

War wounds, Guam

Michael Roman

Pvt

Army

Twin Rocks

12/43

Mediterranean Theater

Mike Safko Pvt   Nanty Glo 11/24/44 Germany

Stephen A. Safko

Staff Sgt

Air Force

Nanty Glo

01/18/43

Plane Crash in Arizona

Aldo Schirato

Pfc

Army

Nanty Glo

02/06/45

France

Tony Seenna Pfc   Vintondale 07/29/44 France

Gabor Selak

Staff Sgt

Army

Twin Rocks

04/22/45

Luzon

Thomas Shannon

Staff Sergeant

Army

Nicktown R.D.

08/11/44

France

Michael Smolnicki Pfc   Nanty Glo 08/--/44 Pacific
John J. Soya Pvt.   Nanty Glo 03/06/45 Iwo Jima

Mike Stefanick*

Staff Sgt

Army

Nanty Glo

06/03/45

Phillipines

William Sybert

 

Nanty Glo

1945 

Henry J. Szekalski

Pfc

Army

Twin Rocks

01/04/45

France

Boyd (Buzz) Wagner*

Lt. Col.

US Air Force

Johnstown (via Nanty Glo)

12/29/42

Plane crash in Florida

Stanley W. Wassick

Pvt

Army

Nanty Glo

06/12/44

Italy

James G. Welsh

1st Lt

Army

Nanty Glo

09/30/44

Germany

Joseph J. Wojowicz

Cpl

Army

Vintondale

07/19/44

France

Samuel Wolff

Pfc

Army

Nanty Glo

01/08/45

France

William Wright

Pvt

Army

Vintondale

08/12/44

France

Bernard Yenelouis

Pvt

Army

Nanty Glo

12/22/42

New Guinea

* Indicates that the name is linked to a more detailed memorial page.
** John Britsky, who was on a list of casualties published in 1944, was actually captured in France but was later released. His daughter reported him as still living in a nursing home in 2009.

 

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