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CPL Joseph John "Joey" Cieslak
Birth: Feb. 8, 1936
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 18, 1955
King County
Washington, USA

"Joey." Son of Mary and Joseph Cieslak, brother of Jane Cieslak. Served in the Army during the Korean War.

On November 17, 1955, he and a group of fellow soldiers flew to Seattle on leave. They chartered a Douglas DC-4 from Peninsula Air Transport. The plane was to make a stop in Billings, Chicago, before going on to Newark, New Jersey. It left Boeing Field in Seattle just after midnight. Witnesses stated that one of the four engines appeared to falter before the airplane lost altitude, hit a tree and a power pole, and crashed in a residential area near the intersection of S. 120th St. and Des Moines Avenue in Riverton. No one on the ground was injured, 28 people on the plane, including Joey Cieslak, were killed.

According to, "Peninsula Air Transport had had its license to operate suspended for a time the previous summer and at the time of the crash, was the subject of hearings by the Civil Aeronautics Board for overloading airplanes and overworking pilots." 
Family links: 
  Joseph Cieslak (1909 - 1967)
  Mary Ann Ellison Cieslak (1910 - 2005)
  Joseph John Cieslak (1936 - 1955)
  Jane Benita Cieslak (1944 - 1970)*
*Calculated relationship
My Jesus Mercy
Holy Cross Cemetery
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Sec. 24, Row 8, Plot 40
Created by: Teresa Rothaar
Record added: May 08, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14227896
CPL Joseph John Joey Cieslak
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CPL Joseph John Joey Cieslak
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CPL Joseph John Joey Cieslak
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 Added: Oct. 4, 2017
Honoring you and all the souls who served our great country during the Korean War. You stood up for your country. Pennsylvania thanks and salutes you for that service. May you rest in God's loving arms for eternity.
 Added: Oct. 4, 2017

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