WW2 Casualty of Hickam Field, near Pearl Harbor: Manchester NH’s Pvt Joseph Jedrysik (1917-1941)

Joseph Jedrysik, killed at Hickman Field.

Pvt Joseph Jedrysik, killed at Hickman Field on 7 December 1941.

Joseph Jedrysik was born on 29 May 1917 in Manchester NH, son of Polish immigrants Antoni “Anthony” & Aniela “Nellie” (Wozniacka/Wozniak) Jedrysik. His father had immigrated to the United States from Kurczina Krosno, Poland seeking a better life. He worked in one of the Manchester mills as an operative.

Anthony and Nellie had five children, but Joseph was their only son. Joseph Jedrysik grew up at 11 Pearl Avenue, attended the local schools, and graduated from Central High School in the Class of 1939. He enlisted in the United States army on 6 March 1941. By December he was a member of HQ Squadron, 17th AAF Air Base Group, Air Corps in Hawaii. Continue reading