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(courtesy of Maria Thew)

Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus Application and grave marker for Daniel J. Zapalski in Section 60, Grave 2226, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington (Arlington county), Virginia.

Daniel enlisted in the Army at Pittsburgh, PA on 17 February 1942 and at some point went through OCS.

He, as a 1st Lt., was featured with two other officers in a Stars and Stripes article commemorating the Battle of The Bulge.  While rhe text stated he had been transferred to the 508h, it is not known which company he or the other two men served in.

His bonus application shown above, was completed on 27 March 1950 and lists his spouse and son as beneficiaries with a home address in Erie, PA.  He, however, used the services of a notary public in Monterey, CA to complete the form for submission. 

Daniel had remained in the Army and could have been stationed at one of three posts in the area,  Camp Roberts (a training facility),  The Presidio of Monterey (Army Language School) or  Fort Ord (4th Replacement Training Center.) 

On 11 March 1952 his wife and 2 children were listed on the manifest for the USNS La Guardia which sailed from Seattle, Washington bound for Yokohama.  Both children are shown as having been born in Monterrey.  That coupled with the fact that they were joining Daniel in Japan implies he was probably a trained linguist and not a combatant and therefore had been stationed at the Presidio of Monterey.

Their stay was brief, however, as a year later they departed Yokohama on 27 March 1953 aboard the  Gen Edwin. D. Patrick (TAP-124) Transport Ship and arrived in San Francisco on 6 April.

Daniel retired as a Major on 1 October 1963,

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