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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Paul J. Tusek, 90, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Charlotte, N.C.He was born July 25, 1922, near West Point, to the late Matt and Mary (Bergant) Tusek.

A Paratrooper in the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion in World War II, Tusek fought in several battles in North Africa, France, Italy and Belgium, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded twice and received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. His unit also received three Distinguished Unit Citations for Outstanding Performance of Duty in Armed Combat against the enemy.

Mr. Tusek was postmaster in West Point, retiring from the US Post Office.

He is survived by his daughters, Mary Rutledge and Ann Tusek; his ex-wife, Judy Greenwell and two grandchildren.

Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.

[The East Liverpool Review 13 Jul 2013]

Paul enlisted at Ft Hayes, Columbus, OH on 24 October 1942.

Assigned to Hq 2nd, 508th PIR Pvt Tusek completed basic training at Camp Blanding, FL and then at Ft Benning, GA was declared as qualified parachutist on 5 March 1943.

Pvt Tusek was transferred to the Zone of Interior Replacement Depot, Shenango, PA on 11 May 1943 where he was subsequently transferred to the 509th PIR.

On 12 February 1945 Pvt Tusek rejoined Hq 2nd 508th when he was transferred from the 509th PIR.

NOTE:  Although his obituary (at left) indicates that his cremains were to be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery, his name does not appear in the cemetery records.