Wednesday, August 31, 2016

TSGT John Stanley Sadowski

courtesy of Patricia Bunyard
TSGT John Stanley Sadowski was born 26 Mar 1909 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He was the 5th of the 6 children born to Stanislaus and Vadislava (Dudek). We apologize if the spellings are incorrect but they were taken from official documents. Both parents were natives of Poland. His father worked in a brass mill in Seymour, Connecticut and as a coal miner in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania to support his family. John's brother Raymond died in 1926 of sarcoma. The family ultimately settled in Duryea, Pennsylvania. John was able to complete high school but he also went into mining to support his family. He married Anna Ruth Anderika in July 1937.

John was drafted in April 1941. At that time draftees were sent to regional training centers and John was likely sent to Fort Meade, Maryland where he was assigned to an infantry company. He would then have trained there before being moved with his unit. SSG Sadowski was transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry on 22 Jul 1944. He was obviously already an experienced combat leader because he was promoted to TSGT just 1 month later and began serving as a platoon sergeant. TSGT Sadowski  was killed in action on 31 Aug 1944 as the regiment attacked German units in Brest, France.

TSGT Sadowski is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

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