SGT John Stephen Jurkovec was born 22 Jan 1919 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Stephen and Leonora Jurkovec. His father died later that same year. His father was a crane operator for Carnegie Steel when he registered for the 1918 draft. Both parents were born in Slovakia, then a part of the Austra-Hungarian Empire. His mother worked in a laundry.
John was working in the laundry business when he was drafted in November 1941. Eventually sent to the European theater, he was assigned to A Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 11 Aug 1944. It is likely he had some experience in another unit because he came to A Company as a SGT. Wounded on 26 Aug 1944 SGT Jurkovec was returned to the unit from the hospital on 2 Sep 1944. He died of his wound(s) on 9 Sep 1944. It was noted in the morning report that the initial wound was not reported. Did he hide a wound in order to return to his unit?
SGT Jurkovec was not repatriated until 1950 and he was buried in the Saint Augustine Cemetery in Millvale, Pennsylvania.