Saturday, November 12, 2016

WWII Veteran - Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht

Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht was born January 23, 1915 the son of Joseph J. Fromknecht and Mary Loesch. On October 16, 1940 Anthony completed his WWII Draft Registration Card. The draft card indicates that Anthony was living with his parents at 3215 Old French Road in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He was employed at the Pennsylvania Telephone Company. This draft card was handwritten and includes Anthony's signature.
MB Boutiques: Historical Records &emdash; Anthony A. Fromknecht - WWII Draft Registration Card
Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht 
WWII Draft Card - Front
The second page of the draft card includes a physical description of Anthony. He was 5'-8" and 154 pounds with blue eyes, brown hair and a ruddy complexion.
MB Boutiques: Historical Records &emdash; Anthony A. Fromknecht - WWII Draft Registration Card
Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht 
WWII Draft Card - Back
Anthony enlisted in the United States Army on February 21, 1941 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. His civil occupation is recorded as "Semiskilled linemen and servicemen, telegraph, telephone, and power." Anthony's Army service was a combination of domestic and foreign service:
  • Domestic Service - December 7, 1941 through December 16, 1941
  • Foreign Service - December 17, 1941 through November 12, 1942
  • Domestic Service - November 14, 1942 through December 22, 1945 
Anthony served as a 1st Lieutenant and was discharged on December 22, 1945 at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma. 
MB Boutiques: The Military Collection &emdash; Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht
Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht 
He passed away May 30, 2002. He is buried at White City Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida.

The original copy of the this portrait is in the care of Janet Fromknecht the daughter of Frances W. McDonald and Anthony A. Fromknecht. From the Frances Winifred McDonald Collection. The photograph is shared with permission.  Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht  is my Great Uncle. He married Frances W. McDonald the sister of Mary Eugenia McDonald my paternal grandmother.

  1. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Multiple Registrations. NARA, Draft Registration Cards for Pennsylvania, 10/16/1940 - 03/31/1947. Pennsylvania. Roll 44033_03_00112
  2. U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2005. Record from Anthony A. Fromknecht. 
  3. Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Inc., 2015. Operations,
  4. Find A Grave, Anthony A. Fromknecht, Find A Grave Memorial# 23147923 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Happy 241st Birthday U.S. Marine Corps!

November 10, 2016 marks the 241st Birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. Per U.S. Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller:

"Each year on or around 10 November, Marines gather in groups large and small to celebrate our history, honor the memory of those who have gone before us, and rekindle the bond that unites all generations of Marines. This year, we mark the 241st anniversary of our Corps—241 years of uncommon valor, innovation, and combat excellence."

As we honor the memory of Marines we also honor the memory of two family members.

Robert Aloysius Haggerty was born July 24, 1927 the son of  Charles Alfonso Hagerty and Iva. He served as a staff sergeant (SSgt) in the US Marine Corps in WWI. Robert died on March 10, 1979 and is buried at the Houston National Cemetery.

Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr. was born 02 Oct 1919 in PittsburghAllegheny CountyPennsylvania. He was the son of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, and Gertrude Anna O'Neill. After the outbreak of WWII Ambrose volunteered for military service and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He was killed by enemy fire in Tarawa in November of 1943, at age 24, upon landing on the beach. He earned a Purple Heart for his service. In addition to being remembered at the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii he also has a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery thanks to his sister Virginia McDonald Geary. Ambrose is featured in the blog post A Letter from Tarawa. His commanding officer Capt. Martin F. Barrett, U.S.M.C. of F. Company, 2nd Battalion 8th Marine Regiment wrote a heartfelt letter to Caroline Loretta O'Neil - Ambrose's aunt.
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; Ambrose Aloysius McDonald Jr.
Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Ambrose Aloysius McDonald Jr.
The gravemarker for Ambrose in Arlington National Cemetery
Copies of these photographs were shared with me by Virginia McDonald the sister of Ambrose McDonald. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Robert Aloysius Hagerty is my 2nd cousin, 3x removed. His father Charles Alfonso Hagerty is my 1st cousin 4x removed. 

Ambrose Aloysius McDonald Jr. and Virginia Dorothy McDonald are my1st cousins 3x removed. They are the children of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill my second great aunt. A double marriage took place between the McDonald and O'Neill families. Caroline Loretta O'Neill is my 2nd great aunt. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

1945 - James Arthur & Barbara Jean Murosky

James Arthur and Barbara Jean, the children of Arthur Murosky and Mary Eugenia McDonald, photographed playing in the snow. The photograph is estimated to have been taken in late 1944 or early 1945 based on the ages of the children. When photographed James Arthur would have been around 2 years old. Barbara Jean would have been a little over one year old. The photograph was likely taken in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Arthur & Mary Eugenia Collection &emdash; 1944 - James Arthur & Barbara Jean
1944 - Murosky Siblings
James Arthur Murosky & Barbara Jean Murosky

James Arthur Murosky and Barbara Jean are the children of Arthur Murosky and Mary Eugenia McDonald. A copy of this photograph was included in the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

James Arthur Murosky is my uncle and Barbara Jean Murosky is my aunt.