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Stories of the Fallen - John Valentine Koslowski, Jr.

Kosloski John V. Jr. World War I Vol 1 Service record Copy 2

John V. Kosloski, Jr. served in World War 1 in the United States Army. The enlistment was in November 1917, and the service was completed October 1918.

John Valentine Kosloski, Jr. entered the service in Elmira, New York on November 23, 1917, at the age of 26 as a Private in the United States Army.

On Jan. 2, 1918, he was promoted to Bugler, a communications position relied on to command troop movement. He embarked overseas on April 6, 1918 and on September 2, 1918 he was promoted to Corporal. Engaged in action at the Marne; Verdun; Belleau Wood; Meuse-Argonne. Killed in action, October 1, 1918, in the Argonne Forest.

His story began In 1884, when John Valentine and Anastazja Nowaczyk Kosloski emigrated from German Poland with three young children, Anthony, Martin, and Maria, and settled in Elmira, New York. It is in Elmira, Chemung County, New York, where John Valentine, Jr. and his twin sister Frances, were born on February 14, 1891. They were the 6th and 7th children in a family of nine. By 1915, John’s brother, Andrew and his wife, Stella had relocated to 224 Durnan Street, Rochester, New York. Before the war, John was living with them and working for the National Clothing Company in Rochester.

His final resting place is in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Elmira NY

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