Company C 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
Stephen Pacholek was born in New
York on December 13, 1921. He was drafted into the Army
on July 27, 1942 at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York. His home of residence
was listed as Brooklyn, New York and his civilian occupation was listed as Semiskilled Occupations
In Manufacture Of Paper And Pulp. He had completed four years of High School and was single
with no dependents. His religion was listed as Catholic.
Private Pacholek was killed in action in France during 1st Battalion's attack against the Quineville ridge.
On the night of June 13, Company
C and 1st Battalion were in positions north of
Fontenay-sur-Mer, dug in for the night, in preparation for the attack against the ridge the next day.
Bill Di Dio, the nephew of James J. Puglia writes:
"My uncle shared a fox hole
with the other three men listed ( Joseph J. Garcarz, Frank B.
McAndrew, Stephen Pacholek) .
They came under heavy artillery fire from German 88's...when they inspected the damage the next morning, my uncle and
the three others were thought to be asleep, but an 88 landed nearby and the concussion killed all four...
there wasn't a scratch on any of them."
The body of Stephen Pacholek was
returned to the United States in 1948
on board the U.S. Army Transport Carroll Victory.
From the Brooklyn Eagle Thursday October 7, 1948
Courtesy of Julien Woestyn
Stephen Pacholek was buried in
the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery,
Sainte Mere-Eglise #1 at Carentan, France and in 1948
his remains were returned to the United States where he was
reinterred in New York.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
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