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Henry married Mireille Jeanne (nee?) in Nice, France on 1 September 1945.

On 14 April 1946, Mireille Eliszewski arrived, unaccompanied, in New York City, NY  from Le Havre, France aboard the USAT George W. Goethals.

Of the 25 entries on the page, 4 were lined out implying they didn't board the ship.  2 were U.S. citizens and the remaining 19 were foreign nationals, wives and dependent children.


On 1 February 1950,  Mireille Jeanne Eliszewski. a native of Nice (Alpes Maritimes Province), France petitioned for, and was granted, citizenship in the United States.



 New veterans cemetery in
Union Grove is dedicated

 by Jeff Wilford Journal Times

   UNION GROVE - Mireille Eliszewski lovingly laid three roses at the base of a simple gray headstone Sunday afternoon, one in a row among rows of similarly simple gray headstones.
   Tiny American flags planted at each headstone fluttered in a stiff breeze under a cloudy blue sky. One of Eliszewski's grandchildren, posing around the headstone for -a photo, held the flapping flag still so the name etched on the headstone could be seen in the picture,: Henry Eliszewski.
   "I'm French. I'm a French woman," Eliszewski said. "That's my husband over there." She met her husband, Henry, when he was a paratrooper in the American army that liberated her part of southern France during World War II. That was Aug. 14, 1944. They married one year later in September 1945. The next year, she was living in the United States.
   Fifty-two years after they were married, in October, 1997, Henry Eliszewski died of a heart attack.
   He was among the first several dozen veterans to be buried in the new Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.  Eliszewski, along with hundreds of other veterans or their survivors, came to the cemetery for its dedication.
   It was hard for Eliszewski not to cry -as she talked about it.
   "So I knew that this was going to be a sensitive day today. It's my first time at the grave," she said.

[The Journal Times, Racine, WI, 01 Jun 1998, Mon, Page 9]

[courtesy of "Salvarsan"]

Grave marker for Henry J, Eliszewski in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove (Racine county), Wisconsin.

Henry enlisted in the Army at Milwaukee, WI on 21 November 1942 and was inducted on 3 December 1942.

An article in the Chippewa Herald-Telegram, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin on 14 Apr 1944 listed Pvt  Eliszewski among Wisconsin men recently reported wounded in action.

On 7 February 1945, although still hospitalized, Pfc Eliszewski was attached from the 509th PIR to Company H, 508th PIR.  He was transferred from the hospital on 14 February.

His military decorations include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device for the Southern France Campaign and Airborne Operations.

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