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Joseph R. Sarnoski
Birth: Jan. 31, 1915
Carbondale
Lackawanna County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 16, 1943

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served as bombardier in the 43rd Bomber Group's 65th Squadron, United States Army Air Corps. On June 16, 1943 he volunteered for a important photographic mission covering the heavily defended Buka area in the Solomon Islands. When the mission was nearly completed, 20 enemy fighters intercepted his B-17 seriously injuring five of the crew. Despite intense, coordinated fighter attacks against the nose of the bomber, he remained at his post. Mortally wounded, he continued to fire his machine gun until he collapsed and died. The defense of his aircraft at the price of his life, made completion of a vitally important mission possible. In addition to his Medal of Honor, other awards include the Silver Star, Purple Heart and Air Medal. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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Joseph R. Sarnoski
Medal of Honor
2d Lt Army Air Forces
World War II
Jan 31 1915 / June 16, 1943
 
Note: Entered the service from Pennsylvania.
 
Burial:
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Section A, Grave 582
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Aug 09, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7746382
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May you rest in peace and serenity. The story of your service and sacrifice is known and remembered.
- Vicki Peterson
 Added: Mar. 21, 2017

- sjm
 Added: Jan. 31, 2017
Happy Veterans Day, sir.
- Frank R. Adamski
 Added: Nov. 11, 2016
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