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In honor of Staff Sergeant Robert Szymaszek, Army - Served in World War II
Hometown: Meriden, CT
(Submitted October 20, 2008 by Michael Messinger)

I'm proudly casting my vote this year in honor of my grandfather, S/Sgt Robert J Szymaszek.  "Pa," as my brother and I called him, joined the Army and served as a tank crewman in the 9th Armored Division during World War Two.  His Combat Command seized the Remagen Bridge over the Rhine River and his tank was one of the first Allied tanks to enter Germany.  He was awarded the Bronze Star during his unit's advance through Germany.  He continued his service after the war by becoming a police officer in his hometown.  He was one of the most kind hearted, fun, and loving people the world has seen.  He passed away in the summer of 2007, but the memory of him, his service, and all we owe to him, lives on.

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