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Private Joseph J. Czernia

18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division


Pvt. Joseph J. Czernia
Serialnumber: 36954742
18th Infantry Regiment
1st Infantry Division

Home: Chicago, Illinois
Born: 1 December 1922
Entered service on: 14 March 1944
Death: 22 October 1944



Joseph J. Czernia was born at home in Chicago, IL, on Dec. 01, 1922. He was the son of John and Katherine Czernia. They immigrated to the US from Skrzyszow, Poland in 1910 and lived at 812 North Sangamon Street, Chicago, IL Joseph had two sisters, Stella and Mary, and two brothers, Mike and Edward. Joseph was the youngest of the five children. Joseph was married to Evelyn Frances and lived at 1122 West Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL

When he came home on a short leave before being sent to Germany (and this is not sure) , that's when he learned that Evelyn was pregnant. He was overjoyed. Maybe he never knew he had a daughter. Her name was Rosemary.

Joseph died on Oct. 22, 1944 after a heavy shelling somewhere in Germany.

He was buried in a temporary resting place on Oct. 30 1944 at Henri Chapelle War Cemetery on Plot S, Row 5, Grave 81.

On 1949 he is re-buried. His final place of rest is Plot G, Row 9, Grave 46. He got the Purple Heart Award.

Evelyn Frances re-married on April, 25, 1946 to Mr. Kopala.

Joseph’s brother Edward also served in the US Army during the war, stationed in the South Pacific. Edward survived the war but was scarred permanently when he learned that his younger brother had died in Europe.

Jospeh J. Czernia on Fields of Honor Database

Adopted by Simon Schuurman
A Special thanks to: Elaine Mackay (niece) and Dell Kasuk, Polish Genealogical Society of America, Chicago


Joseph J. Czernia

Joseph J. Czernia

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