Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus Application and grave marker for Daniel J. Zapalski in Section 60, Grave
2226, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington (Arlington county),
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.)
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
Daniel retired as a Major on 1 October 1963,