Stephen Pszeniczka died in Battle of Cherbourg at the rank of Private First Class. He was awarded a Purple Heart which are awarded in the name of the President of the US to any member of the Armed Forces of the US who lost their life in a conflict of war or if they were wounded during the war.
Stephen Pszeniczka was buried in the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the US First Army on June 8, 1944. It was the first cemetery on European soil in WWII. Currently, it is called the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial and it covers 172.5 acres of land and houses 9,386 war veterans who have passed. The cemetery is located in Colleville-sur-Mer, on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery established by the US First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on American soil in WWII. Stephen's grave is in Plot D Row 24 Grave 10.
This is a picture of the Normandy cemetery where Stephen is buried.
This is a purple heart, awarded to Stephen after his death to commemorate his service and sacrifice.
There likely was a man playing Taps on the trumpet at Stephen's funeral, the song they play for men who where in the service.
Stephen W. Pszeniczka,a son, a brother, a husband, a soldier. He was born to Joseph and Magdalene Pszeniczka on December 25th , 1922 in Pennsylvania. He had four siblings: Peter, Sophia, Joseph, and John and a wife named Mary Ann Waterman. Stephen enlisted for the army in 1942, when he was just twenty years old. However, his time overseas was short-lived. His unit, the 315th Infantry Regiment of the 79th Infantry Division (Company B) fought in France in Cherbourg for about a week before Stephen was killed in action on June 22nd, 1944. He died as a Private First Class, but more importantly, he died a hero. His purple heart shows the sacrifice he made for this country and the war effort. Though I did not know him, his bravery is palpable. He gave away his own life in the exchange for victory, and there is no greater sacrifice. Stephen Pszeniczka, you are not forgotten.