Brother Ed

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Edward Franckowiak, the eldest son of Joseph and Veronica was killed in action on November 4, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. He did not return from patrol duty with his squad in the vicinity of Maizeres-Les-Metz, France. His body was discovered in a mine field where he was killed by an exploding mine. He is buried in the United States Military Cemetery, grave #284, row 12, plot G, at Hamm, Luxembourg. General Patton, a famous WWII general is buried at the front of the cemetary.

The War Department sent a series of letters and a telegram to his parents, which you can view here. You can also read a few of the letters he wrote home, including one on the day he was killed. (You can enlarge the documents by clicking the magnifying glass at the top right of the image page, and also drag them around with your mouse.)

Jerry and Joan visited the grave at the cemetery, and then took Busia there to visit.

His name is engraved on a monument in front of Five Holy Martyrs School, and there is a brick with his name at the Burr Ridge, IL, Veterans Memorial which was arranged by Cory.




Email: Jerry Franckowiak