Joseph J. Istvanik
Company C 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
Joseph J. Istvanik was born in
Pennsylvania on December 25, 1918. He was drafted into the Army
on April 22, 1941 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His home of residence was listed as
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and his civilian occupation was listed as Machinists.
He had completed four years of High School and was single with no dependents.
His religion was listed as Catholic.
According to an entry in the
Journal of 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry S1/S3 (Forward)
Joseph J. Istvanik was assigned to Company C as a replacement officer on June 17, 1944.
First Lieutenant Istvanik was
killed in action in Germany near the town of Weinsheim
on April 3, 1945.
He was awarded the Oak Leaf
Cluster to the Bronze Star Medal in 4th Division General Orders
# 76 dated 18 October 1944.
Joseph J. Istvanik was buried in
the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery,
Saint Avold Cemetery, Metz, France and some time later his remains
were returned to the United States where he was
reinterred in Pennsylvania.
Penn Lincoln Memorial Park
North Huntingdon Township
Grave marker for Joseph
Though his grave is marked with Company B, casualty records
for the 22nd Infantry list Joseph J. Istvanik as a member of Company C.
Photo by Jill Ingram from the Find A Grave website
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