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Andy Pasztorcsak/ PasturickUnit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company – B Rank: PrivateBorn: 11/2/1908
The name “Andy Pasturick” is used in de official enlistment records, but his real name is “Andy Pasztorcsak”. Both have the same Army Serial Number.
In the official records after his death they used the correct familyname.
Location grave Private Pasztorcsak:
Belle Vernon Cemetery, Tranquillity Lane, Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania
Plot: SECTION 01 Lot 056 Grave 7
Where was Private Pasztorcsak killed in action on 14th of july 1943?
During the Sicilian Campaign,the first phase: “Operations of Company B”.
The 3rd Platoon placed a minefield on the forces east flank 12 July, where another tank battle was witnessed. Five Mark VI and two Mk IV tanks were knocked out in this operation against about an equal loss of our medium tanks. The 2nd Platoon went out to demolish the knocked-out tanks, but were driven back by artillery fire.
On 13 July the remainder of the company vehicles came ashore and the 3rd Platoon joined a Ranger Battalion and cleared six minefields on the road to Butera, searching several miles of road. The following day the 1st Platoon re-laid a minefield en the east flank, and the 2nd Platoon joined the 3rd Platoon in clearing the roads near Butera.
Lt. Col. Hurley, his driver Pvt. Pasztorcsak, and two officers from outside the battalion, Major Dreydopple and Lt. Mitchell, were in a jeep out on reconnaissance for a water point site near Butera the 14th of July, when the vehicle entered a minefield and the entire party was killed by exploding mines. Lt. Col. John Chambers was assigned to the Bn. two days later, and became Bn Commander and Division Engineer.
(Source: 17th Armored Engineer Battalion Unit History)
Location where Private Pastrurczak got killed on 14th of july:
Casualtylist of Private Andy Pastrurczak:
The house where Private Andy Pastrurczak lived before he went overseas:
Obituary Private Andy Pastrurczak:
Father Michael Pasztorcsak and the following brother and sisters,Michel,Jr.,of Monessen, Mrs.Anna Karlick of Monessen, Mrs.Mary Hollis of Belle Vernon, Mrs.William Hussar of Belle Vernon and Mrs. Sue Cyrnek of Charleroi.
|31 – 35|
|Residence||Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania|
|Civilian Occupation||Forging occupations in mechanical treatment to metals|
|Marital Status||Single, without dependents|
|Citizenship Status||U.S. Citizen|
|Branch Immaterial or General Officers|
|Enlistment Date||April 30, 1942|
|Enlistment for duration of War plus six months|
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