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Jamestown (NY) Post-Journal from January 21, 2005

[courtesy of  Daniel and Audrey Briggs]

Joseph Kapuscinski

1/15/2005 - Joseph M. Kapuscinski, 81, of 218 Arlington Ave., died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 13, 2005) in WCA Hospital.
   A lifelong area resident, he was born Feb. 19, 1923, in Forestville, the son of Peter C. and Mary Dziukala Kapuscinski.
   He served with the 82nd Airborne Division, 508th Regiment, in the European Theatre during World War II. He jumped in Holland and defended at the Battle of the Bulge. Along with his brother, he owned and operated Kennedy Tractor & Implement Co. in Kennedy for more than 35 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, the Randolph American Legion Post 181, the Elks Lodge of Jamestown and the Kosciuszko Club in Dunkirk.
   Joe was greatly devoted to his family and friends. He will be remembered for his generosity, tenacious will, sharp wit and sense of humor. Following his retirement, Joe enjoyed reading and keeping busy with his many "projects" around the house.
   He is survived by his wife, Ann Dull Kapuscinski, whom he married May 10, 1952; a son, Peter Kapuscinski of Owego, N.Y.; two daughters: Laurie Kapuscinski Tatakis of Rochester and Jean Kapuscinski of Green Valley, Ariz.; and two grandsons: Tim and Jimmy Kapuscinski of Owego.
   He was preceded in death by two brothers: Stanley and Anthony Kapuscinski; and two sisters: Julia Thompson and Jane Trudnowski.
   A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John Catholic Church. The Rev. Joseph Gullo, pastor, will be celebrant. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
   Friends will be received form 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Lind Funeral Home, where a Christian Wake Service will be led at 2 p.m.
   Memorials may be made to the Farm Aid Memorial Program, 11 Ward St., Suite 200, Somerville, Mass., 02143.

Joseph passed a physical examination on Friday, 26 November 1943 according to this article which appeared in the Dunkirk [New York] Evening Observer the following day and thus became eligible for the draft.

The Dunkirk [New York] Evening Observer edition for 27 November 1943, [Pg 4] reported  Joseph had entered the service in December 1943 and underwent basic Training at Ft McClellan,

A subsequent edition dated  2 July 1945, [Pg 6] featured the three Kapuscinski brothers and reported Joseph had embarked for overseas duty from Camp Upton, Long Island  On June 1944.

That service summary also stated that Joseph had undergone parachutist training in England* and received his parachutist badge in August 44.

Also reported was that he had taken part in invasions and battles in Holland, Belgium, France and Germany and that he had been awarded the Presidential citation and major battle stars

* [Note:: this was probably at the 82nd composite training center at Camp Cottesmore]

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