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(Photo taken Memorial Day 2010. Flag added by Sp5 Alphonse G Basil in his honor.   [courtesy of: Al Basil]
Chester enlisted in the US Army on April 18, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan and was assigned to the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion..

On 27 January 1945 Pfc Obarzanek was transferred from the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion to Company I, 508th PIR.

He was wounded in action on 1 February 1945 but was able to return to duty on 28 February 1945.

His military decorations include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for Southern France Campaign and Airborne Operations.






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