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[courtesy of Brian J. Ensley]

Grave marker for Francis P. Flasick in Saints Simon and Jude Cemetery, Blairsville (Indiana county), Pennsylvania.  Note that his photo (cropped and enlarged) from the 1943 company montage set was used on the grave marker.

Francis enlisted in the Army at Greensburg, PA on 23 October 1942.  His occupation at the time was codified as "semiskilled miners, and mining-machine operators." 

Pvt Flasick was transferred from Fort Meade, MD to Company D, 508th PIR on 15 November 1942.

On 6 July 1944, Pfc Flasick was reported to be missing in action as of 6 June 1944. In fact, he had been taken prisoner and remained a POW until he was liberated from Stalag 4D a year later. He was discharged at the Separation Center, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA on 29 November 1945.

Following his release from the army, Francis returned to the work that he had performed prior to the war ... coal mining.  Unfortunately, less than a year after leaving the Army, he was killed when his skull was fractured by falling slate while working in the Brenizer Coal Mine in Latrobe, PA.


  On 19 January 1950, His parents as beneficiaries, filed for the Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus that was owed to Francis for his service.  He was credited with 19 months of domestic service and 18 months of foreign duty. His parents received a bonus payment of $460.



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