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PFC Thomas S. Baran
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Birth: Dec. 9, 1919
Indiana County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 11, 1943

Bodies of Two Grafton Brothers To Be Returned To Stats Simultaneously

The remains of S/Sgt. Michael J. Baran and Pfc. Thomas S. Baran, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Baran, of Grafton, two World War II veterans who paid the supreme sacrifice, are being returned simultaneously from cemeteries in Europe for burial at home, according to a report received from the Philadelphia Quatermaster Depot. Both Michael and Thomas had been wounded prior to being killed in action, and each had earned an enviable record as a soldier. Thomas was killed in action in Sicily on August 11, 1943 and Michael was killed in Germany on March 11, 1945. When Michael was first wounded he was visited by his brother Thomas while in a hospital in Africa. Later when Thomas had been killed Sgt. Baran paid homage to Thomas when he visited his grave in Sicily. Thomas Baran entered the service June 24, 1942 and received his basic training at Ft. Meade, Md., and Camp Pickett, Va. He was born in Grafton, December 9, 1919 and worked in Lucermines prior to entering the service. Serving with Co. B 7th Infantry he was one of the first American soldiers to enter the North African Campaign. He was buried in the American Cemetery at Coronia, Sicily. Twice wounded in North Africa before he fell in Germany, Sgt. Michael Baran had been awarded the Purple Heart and the Purple Heart Cluster. He entered service January 23, 1941, serving at Camp Dix, N.J., and later at Fort Bragg, N.C. He was sent overseas November 7, 1943, with the 47th Infantry, 9th Division. Surviving in addition to their parents are the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Walter Beheisen, Portland, N.Y.; Mrs. Walter Zak, Kenlook; Mrs. James Labrel, Baltimore, Md.; Miss Mary Baran, Grafton; Cyril Baran, of Poland, Ohio; Paul Baran of Pittsburgh. A grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Vosko, of New York, N.Y., also survives. The services for the brothers will be conducted in the St. Bonaventure Church in Blacklick with Fr. Matthew A. Yanosek in charge. Interment will be in Saint Simon and Jude Cemetery in Blairsville. (Indiana Evening Gazette, Indiana, PA, Saturday, July 10, 1948, p. 1, Col. 2-3, Continued, p. 2, Col. 7)
Saints Simon and Jude Cemetery
Indiana County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Record added: Jul 30, 2012
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PFC Thomas S. Baran
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NARA records list this soldiers Home of Record as Indiana County, Pennsylvania...Killed In Action...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.
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