Friday, July 15, 2016

PVT Victor Bogdany

PVT Victor Bogdany was born 16 Apr 1925 in Brooklyn, New York to Bela Albert and Rebecca (Laubgross) Bogdany.  His father was a Hungarian immigrant who worked as a salesman for a shoe manufacturer. By 1940 his parents had separated/divorced and his mother worked as a "sales lady" in a bakery.  She reported an income in 1939 of $500.

When Victor was drafted in June 1943, he is noted as being a high school graduate.  Sent overseas he was apparently assigned to Headquarters 116th Infantry prior to D-Day.  If so, he was on the same boat as COL Canham, regiment commander as the other boat carrying headquarters staff was destroyed and all aboard killed by shellfire.  As a rifleman, PVT Bogdany was probably given general duties around the headquarters such as security, moving equipment, running messages and so forth.  On 15 Jul 1944, he was killed in action.

We believe that PVT Bogdany was repatriated in 1948 and might be buried in Mount Zion Cemetery in Maspeth, New York but can't verify that at this time.  His brother, Melvin, served in the U.S. Navy during the war. 

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