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PVT. Edward J. Kracoski

The Sullivan Review

April 13, 1944


Pvt. Edward J. Kracoski, son of Mrs. Martha Kracoski, aged Bernice widow, ahs become the second from that community to make the supreme sacrifice in the present war, according to a telegram received by the family Monday.


It was the usual message from the war Department at Washington and did not disclose the particular action in which the soldier participated.  The last known whereabouts of Pvt. Kracoski was somewhere in Italy and it is presumed by some that he may have taken part in the fight for Casino.


He had been with the Army for about a year, prior to which he lived with his mother at Bernice where he was employed by the Bernice White Ash Coal Company and was well known in the vicinity.

In addition to his mother he is survive by two brothers, Peter Kracoski of Bernice, and Joseph Kracoski, of Lopez.  Also two sisters who reside in the Williamsport area.


Pvt. Kracoski was a next-door neighbor of Pvt. Joseph Rokus, . S. Marine, who lost this life in the battle of Guadalcanal, late in 1942.  His home is within a stoneís throw of Pfc. John Stabryla, U.S. Marine who has been a prisoner of the Japs since the Spring of 1942.

PVT Joseph Comiletti

The Sullivan Review

May 10, 1945


Pfc. Joseph Comiletti, son of Mr. And Mrs. Romolo Comiletti of Mildred, was killed in action on the island of Iwo Jima, according to a telegram received from the War Department by his parents Wednesday night.  The date of his death was not given and no further details, but stated that a letter would follow.


Pfc. Comiletti was one of the well-known youths of this section who joined the J.S. Marine Corps shortly after Pearl Harbor and according to his letters home had participated in at least four separate pacific island invasions before he met his tragic death on Iwo Jima.


He attended Cherry Township High School where he got popular acclaim as an outstanding athlete.  As a member of the high school basketball team and later in local alumni teams he was recognized as a star.

He was 23 years of age and besides his parents is survived by a brother, Pfc. Albino Comiletti, with the U.S. Army.

PFC. Daniel Stavisky

The Sullivan Review

December 7, 1944


Pfc. Daniel Stavisky was killed in action in France on November 6, 1944.  He was a son of Mr. And Mrs. Adam Stavisky of Lopez, and was 22 years of age.


He received his early education in the public schools, graduating from the Lopez Schools and also from the Dushore Public School wit the class of  í39.

He was united in marriage with Miss Vera Bochonocizh of Lopez, who is now making her home at Passaic N.J. where she is employed in defense work since her husband went overseas three months ago.


Pfc. Stavisky entered the service on November 28, 1942 and was assigned to Washington University, Lexington, VA, where was qualified in the Engineering course.  Arriving in France he was assigned to the 378th Inf. Regt.


He is survived by his wife, his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Adam Stavisky of Lopez, 3 brothers, Michael and Joseph of New Jersey; William of Shinglehouse; four sisters, Mrs. Jeane Elchak, Anna, Irene and Mildred all of Passaic, N.J.

A brother Stephen died at his home on the same day of the month, November 6, 1938, just six years ago.


The following letter was received by his mother, written under date of November 8, 1944.

Mrs. Mary Stavisky

Lopez, Pa


My dear Mother:

With deep regret and sorrowed hearts, I, all the Comrades, and Military Staff of the 378th Inf. Regt, want you to know that we share your great loss in the death of your son, Daniel Stavisky, Pfc. Co. A, 378th Inf. Regt.


No doubt you have already been informed by the war Department that Daniel was killed in action in France 6 November 1944.  All of the services of the Catholic Church were diligently administered to him and he lies at rest in an American Military Cemetery, carefully prepared, guarded, and supervised by a competent Graves Registration Staff.


I personally offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the repose of his soul, and many of his comrades, including non-Catholics, were present at the Service.


Mother you gave the greatest gift that any earthly Mother could give your sonís life to be offered on the Altar of sacrifice in defense of our beloved and cherished United States of America.  Your gift and his death will not be in vain.  For our consolation may I invite you to think of the Mother of Sorrows in your great hour of trial. He had an only son and offered Him in obedience to the Fatherís Will that others might live.  May your reward for the gift of your son, and for the trials and crosses you have endured, be exceedingly great in Heaven.  Godís will be done.  And may Daniel rest in peace.


My prayer for Daniel will always be that the good Lord grant him mercy so that he who in his desires did Godís will, may not receive the punishment of his misdeeds and that as true faith joined him to the company of the faithful here below, Godís mercy may make him the companion of the holy Angels in Heaven.


Asking for a prayer from your motherly lips that the good Lord may continue to bless my priestly work among the boys here, I remain,

With a blessing upon you,

Reverend Casimir Keydash

Catholic Chaplain, 378th Inf. Regt.

S-SGT Samuel J. Baker

The Sullivan Review

July 20, 1944


Staff Sgt. Samuel J. Baker, 28, son of Mr. And Mrs. John Baker, of 609 Desmond Street, Sayre, was killed in action in France on D-Day, June 6, according to word received by the parents from the War Department.


S-Sgt. Baker was with the 29th Infantry Division, and had been in England since September, 1942.  His last letter home was written on May 31, and indicated that he knew the invasion was coming soon and that he would be in it.


He was born in Spangler, W. Va, and was educated in the Dushore High School.  He worked in Allentown as night foreman in the Blossom Knitting Corporation mill before joining the Army in August, 1941.  He was well known in Sayre where his family has lived for the past several years.


His brother was drowned ten years ago to the day that he fell on the Normandy beachhead.


Surviving, besides his parents, are four sisters, Mrs. Paul Brougham of Athens, R. D. 1; Mrs. James Murray at home, whose husband is with the U.S. Army in France; Mrs. Richard Shaver, at home, whose husband, Pfc. Richard Shaver is in St. Louis, Mo; and Leona, at home; and one niece.

PVT. Thomas R. Lavey

The Sullivan Review

August 17, 1944


Mr. And Mrs. William Lavey of Cherry Township received a telegram on August 8, from Secretary of War stating that their son Pvt. First Class Thomas R. Lavey was killed in action in France on July 15th in the line of duty to his country.


Pfc. Thomas R. Lavey graduated from the Cherry Township High School class of í41.  Upon entering the U.S. Army on January 2, 1943 he went to Fort McClelland, Alabama where he received his basic training in the 385th infantry 76th division.  From there he went to Camp Fort George G. Meade, Maryland to further his training and then to  A.P. Hill Military Reservation, Virginia.  From there he went to Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, before going overseas in May of 1944. 


Had he lived until August 9, 1944 he would have been 22 years of age.


Survivors besides his parents Mr. And Mrs. William Lavey are one brother Cpl. Edward W. Lavey serving overseas in Italy since May of 1943 and one sister Teresa Agnes of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Penna. And his grandfather Mr. George E. Dohm of Rochester, N.Y.

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