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Teddy was drafted in March 1942. He was then sent to basic military training and eventually sent to England. PVT Stapinski was transferred from the replacement depot to K Company 116th Infantry on 24 Jul 1944. He was injured and evacuated to hospital on 25 Aug 1944 but it was not a result of combat. He was able to return to the unit on 8 Sep 1944 while the attack on Brest was still on-going. PVT Stapinski continued to fight with K Company until, near Aachen, Germany, he was struck in the body by fragments from an artillery shell and killed in action.
PVT Stapinski was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in Grandview Cemetery in North Versailles, Pennsylvania.
Teddy's brothers also served during the war. His brother Edward had fought in Italy, France and Germany surviving uninjured only to suffer a heart attack and die just hours before Teddy was placed in his final resting place. Barney Stapinski served overseas with the U.S. Army for nearly 3-years and Stanley served overseas for 38-months during the war. His youngest brother served as a CPL in the U.S. Army in Korea.