|Private John Purky|
My father's older brother, John Purky, fought in WW2 and was killed in action January 16, 1945 while serving with the Sixth Infantry Division on Luzon, in the Philippines.
He received the Purple Heart and the Silver Star, the hard way; his citation is shown below
The citation states that Uncle John volunteered to lay communication wire to an adjoining battalion over 2,000 yards of terrain. I think that he was in the Signal Corps, as some of his personal pictures show a Wire Team Section and a Radio Section. He died from enemy fire while carrying out his volunteer mission.
Here are some images of the two medals. I have had these stored away in the family archives vault and forgot that we had them.
|Silver Star (left) and Purple Heart (right).|
Obviously I never met my Uncle John since I was born in 1952. He was quite the musician, having learned how to play the trumpet, saxaphone and the clarinet and some of his letters to my grandmother talk about him getting together and jam with some guys from another section. He sounds like he was quite a guy and I am sorry that I never got to meet him.
Rest in Peace John Purky. You are not forgotten.