Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WW2 Hollandia Fallen - Medic Alexander Bzowey and his brother-in-law Edward Mihala

Pvt. Alexander Bzowey left his home in Lakewood, Ohio to serve as a medic in Hollandia.
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Alexander Bzowey never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on June 13, 1918 in Ohio. His parents William and Pelagia "Blanche" were both born in Slovak speaking Galicia. His father worked as a grocery merchant who owned the Bzowey Meat Market. Alexander had an older brother and sister and a younger brother and two younger sisters. By 1940 Alexander had finished one year of high school and was working as a grocery clerk. He married Marguerite Mihala in May 1941 and they had a daughter in 1942.

He was drafted into the army on June 3, 1943. He became a private in Company B, 24th Medical Battalion. It was sent to Australia in September 1943. Pvt. Bzowey was part of the American invasion of Hollandia on April 22, 1944. The coveted airfields were secured by April 26. There still remained the difficult task of eliminating the enemy combatants who were not inclined to surrender. Pvt. Bzowey was killed on April 28, 1944.

The bad news for Pvt. Bzowey's widow did not end with her husband's death. Four months later her only brother Edward, a private in the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, was killed in action in France.

Pvt. Bzowey's grave is at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio. The location is sections 47; lot 63; grave 3. If anyone can take a picture of this and email it to, I will add it this profile. His widow remarried after the war.

Thank you Alexander and Edward for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Alexander and Edward.

Last year on this date I profiled bomber pilot Arthur Friesz and his brother Robert. You can read about the Friesz brothers here.

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