Albert Joseph Kosiba.


Albert Joseph Kosiba.







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Photograph taken in a studio in Belgium in 1944.

Copy of discharge papers.


Albert Joseph Kosiba


Albert Joseph Kosiba was born in Hubbard, Ohio in 1920 to Stanley, a Polish immigrant, and Mary Pavlisko, born in New Jersey. He graduated from Hubbard High School in 1939, after which he took a two-year course in tool design at the Midwestern Technical Institute of Chicago and went to work at Commercial Shearing and Stamping. Following the war he worked at Packard Electric, retiring in 1983. Albert married Gloria Soppelsa on August 3rd, 1957 and they had three daughters, Karen, Christine and Linda. He currently resides in Howland and attends Blessed Sacrament Parrish.

Albert was inducted into the Army at Camp Perry in July of 1942. He received anti-aircraft training with the 90 millimeter guns at Camp Wallace in Galveston County, Texas and attended radar camp at Camp Davis in Wilmington, North Carolina. Albert was sent to Fort Bliss, Texas in November, 1942 to join the 740th Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion and to participate in training maneuvers in New Mexico. In January of 1944 he was given his shipping orders for the European Theater of Operations, and he sailed by troop ship to Cardiff, Wales. From there Albert travelled to Leek, England to join the British anti-aircraft forces before they crossed the Channel to France via landing ship tank. He spent most of 1944 with semi-mobile units in Normandy, Belgium and Holland attached to the 9th Air Corps, and was stationed in a small Belgian town outside Antwerp during the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944. He later guarded German POWs as they moved by train through France. The war ended while he waited for orders to leave for the Pacific Theater. He boarded a Victory ship headed for the United States and was home in time for Christmas. He mustered out as a sergeant Chief Radar Operator also trained as an M1 rifleman. Albert was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

Gift of Albert Joseph Kosiba.


Albert Joseph Kosiba

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