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Walerjan Gnatowski

Walerjan Gnatowski

Male 1893 - 1963  (69 years)

 

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It is reported that Walerjan left his home, Prusinowice, Pułtusk county, at the age of 18 and traveled throughout Europe - making stops in Mareseille and Paris. He eventually made his way to England where , from Liverpool, he left for America aboard the SS Laurentic on 24 December 1912 - arriving at Ellis Island on 3 January 1913. His final destination was his aunt and uncle's (Józef and Rosalia Obidzinski) house in Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania.

In Glen Lyon, Walerjan found work in the local coal mines. It is not known how, why, or when Walerjan left Glen Lyon (possibly when the coal miners went on strike) and made his way West to Natrona, Pennsylvania. World War I registration card records indicate Walerjan's address on 5 June 1917 as 26 Garfield Street, Natrona, Pennsylvania (working for West Penn Steel Company). He was officially inducted into the US Army on 2 October 1917 as a private.

In the US Army, Walerjan served in the Infantry from 2 October 1917 to 27 February 1918 then in the Quartermaster Corps from 28 February 1918 until honorably discharged at Newport News, Virginia on 5 June 1919. He returned to Natrona where on Sunday, 23 July 1919, a huge jubilee was held to honor the home coming soldiers (some 250 from the community).

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