What's New
Search Engine
Photo Gallery
Unit History
Unit Honors
Voices Of Past
F&F Association
How To Submit


(Photo courtesy Bernd Doss )

Grave marker for Joseph Olkowski in the Forest Oaks Memorial Gardens, Havelock (Craven County), North Carolina

Joseph was the son of John and Catherine Olkowski.  Both had immigrated from Poland and John worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines. Joseph had at least one brother, John, who was two years younger.

Olkowski was a woodworker with but a grammar school education when he enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 6, 1943 in Wilkes Barre (Luzerne County), Pennsylvania.  He was exactly 19 1/2 years of age that day.

Little is known of his service record other than the fact that according to Special Order 92, dated 18 June 1944, issued at the 508th Base Camp in Wollaton Park, Pfc Olkowski arrived from the 19th Replacement Depot and was assigned to Service Company. 

On 9 July 1944 he and two other men were sent on Detached Service to 82nd AB Division.  On 16 July all three were then transferred to Company B.  Olkowski's arrival in Company B was noted as "transferred fro Service Company on detached service with HQ 82nd A/B Div APO 469".

He received a Good Conduct Medal on April 4, 1945 probably while the regiment was still at Camp Sissone, France.  Also,  he was listed as a member of Service Company on 20 October 1945 which would place him in Frankfurt, Germany.

According to his death certificate, Mr. Olkowski was never married.  He died in 1992 in a New Bern, North Carolina general hospital.  Because he died while under care of a physician, no autopsy was performed.  He was buried in a cemetery 20 miles south of his home and just south of the Cherry Point Naval Air Station.  Since there are at least three cemeteries in the city where he died, the choice of this location is interesting but the connection is unknown.






Copyright and all other rights reserved by the Family and Friends of The 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association or by those who are otherwise cited,
For problems or questions regarding this web site, please contact