Thursday, January 12, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Henry Bobek, Army Muleskinner

Sgt Bobek served in a unit that handled transportation mules like these.

Henry P. Bobek could have been 100 years old today. 

He was born on January 12, 1917 in Massachusetts to parents who were from Galicia which is now western Ukraine. Evidence suggests they moved to America around 1905. According to census records it looks like his father died by the time Henry was 2. He had six older brothers and one younger sister.

Henry had a grammar school education. 

Henry enlisted in the Army on May 14, 1941. He was listed at 5' 6" feet tall, weighing 163.  He was assigned to serve in Hawaii where he ended up with the rank of a Sergeant. Sgt. Bobek died on July 2, 1944. The unit he was serving with was the 4339 Quartermaster Pack Co. So Sgt. Bobek was a muleskinner? Hmm, not a branch of the army most people are aware of. My research shows that this unit, which provided mule transportation, was in Hawaii in July 1944. Did Sgt Bobek die of some accident or illness while in Hawaii? Or was he serving near the front lines somewhere while providing support with his mules? I was unable to find out which.

His remains were returned to be buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Thank you Henry for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Henry.

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