Heroes: the Army
"...he had got a truck and someone was going to take it in Germany. He stuck a brick on the gas and let it smash into a tree. He wasn't going to give them a truck...no sir!..."
David G. Parshall
- Branch of Service: Army
- Unit: Co. B., 405th Regiment,
102nd Infantry Division
- Dates: 1942-1945
- Location: European Theater
- Rank: PFC, Purple Heart
- Birth Year: 1925
- Entered Service: Yukon,PA
Edward Peter Pytlak, PFC, Co. B., 405th Regiment
The following information was received from the Granddaughter of Mr. Pytlak, Ms. Lisa Jamison. Ms. Jamison wanted to let us know that her Grandfather had recently passed on March 8, 2004. It is sad to hear that another former member of the Ozarks has gone on to his final reward.
Ms. Jamison tells us:
He was a U.S. Army private first class veteran of the 102D Division of Company B, 405 Infantry, having served during World War II. During his war time, he was decorated with the Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon, while serving in the Rhineland, Central Europe.
If anyone has heard a story of my grandpa please let me know.
The only story that I know due to the fact that he discussed very little because of the awful feelings he had was when he had got a truck and someone was going to take it in Germany. He stuck a brick on the gas and let it smash into a tree. He wasn't going to give them a truck...no sir!
----- Lisa Jamison
Mr. Edward Peter Pytlak
March 8, 2004
PFC., Co. B., 405th Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division [1st Battalion] --
Received the Purple Heart
World War II Veteran
United States Army
We at World War II Stories -- In Their Own Words wish to offer our "Thanks" to Ms. Lisa Jamison for allowing us to share this moment in Mr. Edward Peter Ptylak's military career.
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United States Army, 102nd Infantry Division
102 Infantry Division
History of the 102nd Infantry Division
Attack on Linnich, Flossdorf, Rurdorf - 29 Nov -- 4 Dec 1944
Gardelegen War Crime
Gardelegen: April 13, 1945:
Massacre at the Isenschnibbe Barn
American Battle Monuments Commission: WWII Honor Roll
National World War II Memorial
The story is re-printed here on World War II Stories -- In Their Own Words with the kind permission of the 102d Infantry Division Association, Ms. Hope Emerich, Historian. Our sincerest THANKS for the 102d Infantry Division Association allowing us to share some of their stories.
We would also like to extend our sincere THANKS to Mr. Edward L. Souder, former historian of Co. F., 405th Regiment. His collection of stories of the "Kitchen Histories Project" series entitled, Those Damn Doggies in F, were responsible for bringing the stories of the men of the 102nd Division to the forefront.
Original Story submitted on 23 March 2004.
Story added to website on 26 March 2004.
September 5, 2002.
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