Steven Warchol Jr.
US Army - WWII
Purple Hearts Reunited
Buffalo, NY - 01-29-19
|Mission applies to the following Region(s).||Region 1|
|About the Mission:||From 23 January– 29 January 2019, the non-profit foundation Purple Hearts Reunited will travel through the states of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, ending in Buffalo, New York. Over the course of seven days, we will bring 8 lost Purple Hearts, 1 Bronze Star and a WWI Wound Certificate to the families of the Veterans or displayed in “Homes of Honor”.
At 11 am on 29 January 2019, we will reunite the lost Purple Heart of WWII hero, Private First Class (PFC) Steve Warchol Jr. The event will take place at Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park at One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY 14202. This ceremony is open to the public and media.
When servicemen and women are wounded or sacrifice their life at times of War, our country awards them or their family with a prestigious award in the form of the Purple Heart. As time passes, certain circumstances can lead to these medals being misplaced, lost, or even stolen. Below is a short biography of Steve Warchol Jr.
PFC Steve Warchol Jr. was born in 1919 in Buffalo, NY to Steve and Mary Warchol. Steve had one sister, Helen and one brother Joseph. He enlisted in the United States Army on 04 MAR 1942 at Fort Niagara, NY and was assigned to 324th Infantry Regiment, 44th Infantry Division. He was killed in action on 13 NOV 1944 and is buried in Epinal, Lorraine, France. PFC Warchol’s brother, Joseph also served in WWII and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.
No direct family could be located. PFC Warchol’s lost medal will be presented to the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park as its Home of Honor. Paul J. Marzello Sr., President and CEO will receive the medal on behalf of the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park.
This event would not be possible without the generous help and support from Deborah Stauring and the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR), Regent Polly Gillet Hull Chapter
The original Purple Heart, designated as the Badge of Military Merit, was established by George Washington – then the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army – by order from his Newburgh, New York headquarters on August 7, 1782. The Badge of Military Merit was only awarded to three Revolutionary War soldiers by Gen. George Washington himself. General Washington authorized his subordinate officers to issue Badges of Merit as appropriate. From then on, as its legend grew, so did its appearance. Although never abolished, the award of the badge was not proposed again officially until after World War I. General Douglas MacArthur, confidentially reopened work of a new design and by Executive Order of the President of the United States, the Purple Heart was revived on the 200th Anniversary of George Washington's birth, out of respect to his memory and military achievements, by War Department General
Order No. 3, dated February 22, 1932. Today, the Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917.
An estimated 1.8 Million Purple Hearts have been awarded in our nation’s history. Today, in addition to being awarded to those who fight overseas, the Purple Heart is also given to military personnel who display bravery and valor as prisoners of war and while fighting certain types of domestic terrorist. terrorism. Purple Hearts Reunited is a nonprofit foundation that returns medals of valor to veterans or their families in order to honor their sacrifice to the nation. Since its beginning, the organization has returned over 600 lost medals, traveled over 100,000 miles, visited over 42 States, and has directly affected the lives of over 1 Million people. They were also recently highlighted on the popular History Channel show American Pickers.
CONTACTS PHR Operations Director, Jessica Jaggars, 802-349-9667 or jessica@purpleheartsre
|Primary Staging Time:||10:30|
|AM or PM||AM|
|Staging Location||Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park at One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY 14202.|
|Lead Ride Captain||Bob "Officer Bob" Servis|
|Lead Ride Captain Phone #:||7164992545|
|Special Information:||Please meet at the gift shop entrance for 10:30am flag line. The weather as of now says it might be 31 and snowing. Plan on some of us standing outside for 30 min. then joining the others inside for our flag line during the event.
They say that there might be free parking across the St in the parking lot marked for the Liberty Hound Restaurant.
The Naval Park is closed for the season and will reopen March 30th.
|Submitted by:||Robert Servis, Ride Captain, R1|