Bronze Star Joseph C. Solarz
He was a World War II veteran, Joe served as a Staff Sergeant Tank Commander in the Super Sixth Division 69th Tank Battalion of Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s Third Army. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for Heroic Achievement, as well as five Battle Stars.
For "meritorious achievement" in the battle of Bastogne. Sergeant Joseph C. Solarz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bronislaw Solarz of 752 Warburton Avenue, recently was awarded the Bronze Star.
, The citation, which his parents received recently, reads in part:
"For heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in Belgium on January 1, 1945.
Acting with courage and without regard for his own safety, he dismounted under heavy fire and evacuated two wounded soldiers to safety and medical aid."
Sergeant Solarz also has received the Purple Heart for wounds received in France in November of last year.
A graduate of St. Casimir's Parochial School and Gorton High School, he was employed by the Yonkers branch of the John Hancock Insurance Company before his induction in September, 1941. He has been overseas since February, 1944.
Source: THE HERALD STATESMAN, YONKERS, N. Y., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 1945
Purple Heart Joseph C. Solarz
Sergeant Joseph C. Solarz. who was wounded in action in France on Nov. 16 while serving with the Sixth Armored Division, has sent the Purple Heart Medal, he was awarded to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bronislaw Solarz of 752 Warburton Avenue, the say Sergeant Solarz wrote while convalescing in an undisclosed hospital that he had received shrapnel wounds in his right arm and over his lip, but added that they were not serious. He returned to duty with his unit on Dec. 1.
Inducted in September, 1941, Sergeant Solarz trained at Fort Knox, Ky., Camp Chaffee, Ark., and Camp Cooke, Calif., before going overseas to England 11 months ago. He entered France with his division last July.
Before entering service, Sergeant Solarz, a graduate of Gorton High School, was employed in the Yonkers office of the John Hancock Life Insurance Company.
Source:THE HERALD STATESMAN, YONKERS,'tt. Y., FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 1945