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Stan Bykowski

 

Date and Place of Birth: December 18, 1926 Auburn, NY
Date and Place of Death:    March 10, 1951 South Korea
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Unknown
Rank: Private
Military Unit: 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: Korea

Stanley F. Bykowski was born on December 18, 1926 in Auburn, New York. He served in the army during World War II in the Phillipines and was for a short time in Japan, arriving in that country just after the cease of hostilities.

After returning to Auburn he worked for the International Harvester Company and later for the Polish Falcons. He was well known in the local area as an outstanding baseball and basketball player. Playing basketball for the Swietoniowski-Kopeczek American Legion Post 1324 basketball team he helped them capture the Cayuga County championship for the 1947-48 season.

On December 18, 1950, Bykowski enlisted at the Auburn recruiting station. He left for Korea on January 5 with the 9th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division. On March 4 his parents received a card from their son telling them: "I am feeling fine and in the best of health."

Six days later, Private Bykowski was killed in action. He was just 24 years old and is buried at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Auburn.

Sources:
Auburn Citizen-Advertiser January 18, 1950
Auburn Citizen October 3, 1976
www.findagrave.com
www.2id.org

Date Added: February 24, 2013

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