Sawosko Jr, Carl C.

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Sawosko Jr, Carl C, born 24-11-1920, in Cook County, Illinois, USA, son of Kajeta Sawosko and Rozalia Sawosko, born Sztukowska and brother of Hedwig Sowosko; Cecille Sowosko; Edward Sowosko; Cheslana Sowosko; Joseph Sowosko, Walter J and  2 other.

Carl volontered in the National Guard on 08-12-1941 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. and after a year appointed in the 506th Regiment under command of Colonel, later General Major Robert Sink of the 101 Airborne Division under command of General Majoor Maxwell Davenport Taylor. . After a last training in England the 101 Airborne Division took their part in Operation Overlord “D-Day” The 506th PIR took off for their first combat jump at 0100hrs, 6 June 1944. In the predawn hours of DDay a combination of low clouds, and enemy anti-aircraft fire caused the break-up of the troop carrier formations. The plan called for first and Second Battalions of 506th Regiment “Easy Company”, supported by Regimental Headquarters Company, to land on Drop Zone C. This Zone was just to the south of Boutteville and to the west of St Marie du Mont, which put it about as close to the western approaches of the two lower causeways as was tactically practicable. As rapidly as it could complete its assembly, Second Battalion, reinforced by one section of demolition men, was to move westward along a line running north of St Marie du Mont toward Houdieville. From that point, the Battalion’s northern element—composed of Company E and the demolition section—was to launch an attack westward for the purpose of clearing Exit No 2. The company departed from Upottery airbase in Devon, England, and dropped over the Cotentin Peninsula of Normandy, France, in the early hours of the morning of 6 June 1944. Easy Company flew in eight aircraft in Sticks #66-73, with about 17 paratroopers per stick.


By the time the company was pulled off the line, they had taken 65 casualties including 22 killed in action, including the 17 of Stick 66. Out of the 139 men of Easy Company who had left England on the night of 5 June, Major Richard “Dick” Winters roster shows that there was only five officers left (Winters; his three platoon leaders Buck Compton, Harry F. Welsh , and Warren Rousch; and Rousch’s assistant Francis L.O’Brien), as well as 69 enlisted men.

Buck Compton, age 90 suffered a heart attack, on 25-02-2012, Harry Welsh died of heart failure on 21-01-1995, age 76 on his good friend Richard Winters’ 77th birthday.,

Death and burial ground of Sawosko Jr, Carl C.

Sawosko Jr, Carl C, age 24, on 13-1-1945.was killed by shrapnel in action in the village of Foy, Noville (or Noville-lez-Bastogne), near Bastogne, Belgium. Private John Taylor Julian, age 20, had been the first man in the battalion to die in 1945, but the last two weeks of 1944 had also been tough on flesh and bone. In Easy Company, bullets or shrapnel had killed five men: Private A.P. Herron, age 21,   Corporal Francis J. Mellett, age 25, shot in the chest by a sniper, Carl C. Sawosko, John E. Shindoll, and Harold R. Webb.”Mr. Alexander” seems to be implying that Sawosko and the other four soldiers listed with him died in late 1944, but the official US Army records all list their deaths as January 1945.

Sawosko Jr, Carl buried at the Cemetery:Camp, Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Section Plot:C Row:Grave:222.




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