World War II: Joseph Witkowski, United States Army, Pfc., Serial No. 12203849

Joseph Witkowski died in France on July 9, 1944, in the days leading up to the liberation of Saint-Lô. Credits: William Duffy
Witkowski is buried at St. Gertrude's Cemetery in Colonia, NJ.  Credits: William Duffy
A portion of Hart St., the street Witkowski grew up on, is named in his honor. Credits: William Duffy

Joseph Witkowski, a private first class in the U.S. Army, was killed in action on July 9, 1944, near Saint-Lô, France.  He served with the 8th Infantry Division.  His death came during the Normandy breakout in the days leading up to the Allied liberation of Saint-Lô.

Witkowski lived on Hart Street prior to his entry into the Army. He and fellow Clark Fallen Hero Joseph Padusniak were honored for their service by the renaming of a portion of Hart Street into Joseph Street.  He is buried at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery.  


Clark's Fallen Heroes profiles those 21 soldiers from Clark who died in service to their country. Author William Duffy’s research into Clark’s fallen heroes included such primary sources as United States military records kept at the National Archive, articles and reports from “The Elizabeth Daily Journal,” photographs, letters and, when possible, interviews with family members and friends of the deceased.

Find out more about William Duffy:    One Man’s Quest to Keep Alive the Memory of Clark’s War Dead

The series runs daily through Memorial Day, 2017.  Click for an index of stories. 


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