|Birth: ||Aug. 21, 1916|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 2005|
Daily Southtown (Chicago, IL) - March 31, 2005Deceased Name: Eugene P. Jaglowski: 'Quiet hero' received Purple Heart, Bronze Star for service in WWII
Eugene P. Jaglowski was not a yeller, nor was he a screamer.
The Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient was, however, armed with a rapier wit, along with a powerful presence that allowed him to make his thoughts silently known, especially to his two sons.
"He rarely lost his temper, but (we) knew if he wasn't happy with something that we were doing," said his oldest son, Eugene Jr.
That oftentimes came in the form of a stare that would stop the boys in their tracks.
It was this quiet power, his family said, that likely pushed him to continue working full time for 20 years after suffering severe injuries in Germany during World War II.
"He was a quiet hero that lived in dignity," Eugene Jr. said.
On March 28, the quiet hero died after battling numerous health problems in recent years. He was 88.
Born Aug. 21, 1916, the Harrison High School football player was raised in the same Little Village neighborhood in which he later raised his boys.
After finishing high school, Mr. Jaglowski -- sometimes called "Big Al" -- entered the Army during World War II.
As a staff sergeant for the 30th Infantry Division's 120th anti-tank company, Mr. Jaglowski saw a lot of fighting, having participated in several campaigns, including the Normandy invasion.
In November 1944, Mr. Jaglowski was severely injured when the building he and other Allied snipers were inside was bombed in Auchen, Germany.
The structure fell on top of him, breaking his ankles and seriously injuring his legs, face and back, injuries that plagued him for the rest of his life.
The injuries left Mr. Jaglowski in a plaster cast for seven months.
For his military service, he was awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, a combat infantry badge and four medals for service in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Ever the strong-willed person, Mr. Jaglowski didn't let his injuries stop his life, and in March 1946, he married Josephine Osicek.
In their Whipple Avenue home, the couple raised their sons, Eugene Jr. and Gregory.
Mr. Jaglowski worked full time at numerous jobs including at the old Ford Motors plant on the Southwest Side for 20 years.
But the Jaglowski family worked hard and played hard.
"I remember a lot of laughter in our house. People would come over, the coffee was always coming and a pinochle game would start and my father was the quarterback of the entire thing," Eugene Jr. said.
"He was a quiet person, but he was very well-respected; everybody liked the guy," Gregory said.
Both sons followed their father into the military, each serving during the Vietnam War and both later becoming Chicago police officers before retiring.
After suffering a series of health problems that kept him from working full time, Mr. and Mrs. Jaglowski moved to Arizona, where in later years, Mr. Jaglowski would work at a swimming pool to keep himself busy, family members said.
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Eugene P. Jaglowski Sr.
Born: Aug. 21, 1916
Died: March 28, 2005
Survivors: Wife, Josephine; sons, Eugene Jr. and Gregory; four granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services: Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church with internment following at Resurrection Cemetery.
Author: William Lee
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