PFC Raymond Valentine Mankowski was born in 1923 in Lemont, Illinois to Bronislaus F V and Stella G (Luczak) Mankowski. His father, a foreman in a starch factory, was a veteran of WWI. His brother Thaddeus S. Mankowski served in the United States Marines Corps as a SGT during WWII. Raymond was assigned to K Company 116th Infantry on 5 Jul 1944 and killed in action on 9 Aug 1944 near Vire, France. He is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.