Anthony Laskowski’s family sought

| January 16, 2018 | 8 Comments

The Citizens’ Voice says that the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency is looking for surviving family members of Army Private Anthony Laskowski. Laskowski was killed near Ajincourt, France on October 10, 1944 is a massive explosion. His remains were lost with those of twelve others in the conflagration, but recent recovery efforts have uncovered some remains, but they need DNA to positively identify Private Laskowski. Efforts have been concentrated in the Nanticoke, Pennsylvania area;

Military officials have told Zaremba that Laskowski’s enlistment paperwork indicates he was from Nanticoke and his mother, Stefania, lived in the Sheatown section of Newport Twp.

News accounts from January 1945 reported on his suspected death and says he was the brother of Mrs. John Gerlak of Dupont and the husband of Evelyn Laskowski, of Center Avenue, Newark, New Jersey.

The military’s missing persons website has Laskowski listed under those unaccounted for from New Jersey.

Military officials provided the historical society with a summary about the incident that likely killed Laskowski.

Members of Laskowski’s unit — the Army’s 35th Infantry Division, 60th Engineers Combat Battalion — were laying anti-tank landmines at night on Oct. 10, 1944 during a period intermittent artillery and mortar fire. Truck after truck was loaded with fused mines.

A big explosion from the leading truck caused the systematic detonation of other trucks and mines on the ground, causing more than 1,500 mines to explode.

According to the article, relatives can contact the Army’s Past Conflict Repatriations Branch at 1-800-892-2490.

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  1. 26Limabeans says:

    “Ajincourt”
    Agincourt?

  2. AW1Ed says:

    “A big explosion from the leading truck caused the systematic detonation of other trucks and mines on the ground, causing more than 1,500 mines to explode.”

    Day-um! Amazing they found anything at all after that. Hope a relative steps up, and a DNA match is found for Pvt. Laskowski.

  3. Steve1371 says:

    I believe they meant to say sympathetic detonation . It is what happens when a line charge is set off or like a MOAB is dropped on a cave complex.

  4. Civilwarrior says:

    1,500 anti-tank mines going off…I can’t even… I’ve seen what just ONE will do to a human body. Well, TWO human bodies. Jesus, 1,500. What the fuck is left after that?

  5. Messkit says:

    Whole different set of Soldier balls back then.

    “Hey, you guys..yeah you. Take these trucks full of anti-tank mines, and go up that road tonight through the enemy artillery barrage. What? Naahhh, totally safe. These things don’t blow up unless a tank rolls over them. See ya at breakfast!”

  6. Doc Savage says:

    I’ll be damned……one of the guys on my current team is a Laskowski…

    Need to forward this link to him.

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