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[aka John J. Screen]


Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus Application submitted by John J. Skrzynski on 19 January 1950.

John enlisted in the army at Pittsburgh, PA on 6 February 1943.  The date of his arrival in the 508th is not known but on 16 August 1943, Pvt Skrzynski was transferred from Company I to Special duty with a Casual Detachment.  Following a furlough period, he was then transferred on 2 September to P.S. 990 for further reassignment.

Pfc Skrzynski traveled home from the ETO aboard the Queen Mary.  The group he is listed with was categorized as "Water Designation 1079-E"  His name appears as number 6 in the first group of enlisted personnel.  Everyone on this list was traveling to the Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA for separation.

Although we found no other records of his service after he was transferred from the 508th, John was shown to have spent  27 months overseas, and was awarded  $405 as a bonus.  The application also states that he was discharged on 19 December 1945 at the Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA which was a common final stop for Pennsylvania residents who were being released from service.

At some time following the war John adopted a shortened, less problematic,  surname of "Screen".  It was under this version that he was listed in he Alleghany County Veterans Graves Registration list [see bottom lines].  John's remains were cremated and the disposition of his ashes is unknown.

[Jumpmaster Note:  John's original surname has also been seen spelled as Skrzuinski]

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