Stephan/Stephen Thomas Gontkovski.

Title

Stephan/Stephen Thomas Gontkovski.

Description

Scans of a photograph of Stephan/Stephen Thomas Gontkovski; Stephan with soldier in bunker; Stephan with friend in camp; certificate of participation in ceremony of Japanese surrender; discharge certificate, newspaper photo of send-off by Blue Star Mothers and discharge papers from the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Stephan was born August 12, 1922 in Coral, Pennsylvania. He was living in Warren, Ohio prior to World War II, and working as a welder at Warren Steel Specialties on Niles Road. He returned to this job following the war. He married and divorced and had no children. In January of 1991 Stephan was killed in a fire that broke out in the boarding house in which he lived in Sandusky, Ohio. He is buried in the veterans’ section of the Perkins Cemetery, Sandusky, Ohio.

Stephan enlisted in Cleveland, Ohio on October 7th, 1942. At the time of his discharge we held the rank of Corporal with a specialization as cannoneer, rifleman, heavy gun crewman and field artillery crewman. He saw action in the Pacific Theater, specifically at Northern Solomon Islands (1944), and Okinawa and Ryuku Islands (1945). Stephan was discharged on January 14, 1946. He received the Good Conduct Medal.

Date

1940's

Format

jpeg

Identifier

050-007-083

Location

Varied

Original Format

Photographs, newspaper articles, documents

Owner

Gift of nephew John Ferris.

Repository

John Ferris.

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