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Private First Class John Kosczuk

I Company

26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division


PFC John Kosczuk
Serialnumber: 33146920
I Company, 26th Infantry Regiment
1st Infantry Division

Home: Vestaburg, Pennsylvania
Born: 29 October 1919
Entered service on: 30 January 1942
Death: 10 October 1944



John enlisted on 30 January 1942. After being in 6 campaigns with the 26th Infantry Regiment, on October 10th 1944 John didn't show up for roll call, and there was no report that he was evacuated to a field hospital. John was officially listed as " Missing In Action".
In February 1945, a civilian policeman from Haaren found the remains of an American soldier and buried them in a shallow grave, marked with his helmet.
In 1946, the Americans retrieved the remains, and through dental records it was positively determined that John Kosczuk's status would be changed to "Killed In Action".

John Kosczuk received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals.


John Kosczuk on Fields of Honor Database

The photo on the right shows the location where John Kosczuk was buried by local German policeman Johann Hahnbruch. This spot is in a town called Haaren, close to the city of Aachen in Germany. It is next to the railroad, right in between the streets of Langenbruchweg and Neukölner Strasse.

John's nephew, Joseph W. Kosczuk passed away on July 6, 2013 at age 58. Joe was my friend and the person who told me very much about his uncle John, who he loved very much. I miss Joe very much, but he is in a good place now. may he rest in peace. He will always be remembered! Thanks for your friendship buddy! ~ Tjarco
Joseph W. "Joe K" Kosczuk, 58, of Latrobe, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 18, 1955, in Brownsville, son of the late Joseph Kosczuk and Genevieve Casto Kosczuk. Joe was retired and had worked as a paramedic, licensed funeral director and as a registered nurse for Torrance State Hospital. He was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Delmont Concert Band and co-owner of Duetrombe. He loved polkas, his 1967 Camaro and his parrot, Manny. He also enjoyed playing trumpet at his church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Genevieve Casto Kosczuk. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Phyllis A. (Gasbarro) Kosczuk; two children, Brian Kosczuk and his wife, Susan, and Bethann Trickett and her husband, Jason; two grandchildren, Joseph Dominic Kosczuk and Nicholas Gross; and a brother, Charles Casto and his wife, Katherine. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Holy Family Roman Catholic Church. Interment will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, Joe's family requests memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 1200 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650.


John Kosczuk

John Kosczuk

John Kosczuk

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