Paulie – as my grandmother/his sister always referred to him – died in service during World War II. He was just 22 years old.
He is pictured here with my grandmother, Anna Kurenda Ruczhak.
He did not die taking out one of Hitler’s goons. He did not die rescuing cousins he probably never even knew from the horrific concentration camps. He did not on the field in an actual battle. No, he died of tuberculosis.
His death certificate lists his immediate cause of death as being, “Tuberculosis, pulmonary, acute, military, bilateral.”
He died on 11 August 1944 at the
only miles away from home. He had been sent home from the European Theater and
had been treated there at the hospital since 21 July 1944. Valley Forge
He is buried with his parents, John and Frances Skrabalak Kurenda, at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery in Valley Township, Chester County. He is one of many veterans buried there.
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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015