|45th Division's Pvt. Anthoney Jurewicz.|
Anthony Jurewicz could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on February 2, 1917 in Pennsylvania. His parents were both born in Poland. His father was a Polish speaking coal miner. Anthony had an older sister and a younger sister and younger brother. He had a grammar school education.
Anthony enlisted on December 27, 1943. We was a private in the 179th Regiment, 45th Division. From his enrollment date, we can surmise that Pvt. Jurewicz was a replacement soldier, since the 45th was already in action in Europe at that time.
On the date he died, October 30, 1944, his regiment was advancing through the Vosges area in France where Americans took heavy casualties.
|179th Regiment's position in the month when Pvt Juerewicz was killed.|
His remains were returned to be buried at Gettysburg National Cemetery.
His younger brother Joseph also joined the army, but before the war started, perhaps in consideration of Germany conquering his parent's native Poland. Sadly he became ill in boot camp and was transferred to Walter Reed Hospital where he died on February 3, 1941.
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