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Biography of Edwin Maurice Gurecky

Ennis, Texas

Edwin Gurecky was a private first class in the U.S. Army. He was inducted into the Army on July 2, 1947 in Dallas, Texas. After completing training, he was assigned to the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was transported, along with his unit, to Camp Kilmer, which was a staging area for troops headed overseas, and an installation of the New York Port of Embarkation, operated by the Army Transportation Corps, and located in Stelton, New Jersey.  Edwin's destination was Europe, and the purpose may have been occupation duty in Germany.

In 1949 border skirmishes occurred  between North and South Korea. On June 25, 1950 North Korea invaded South Korea, and the United States committed forces under the flag of the United Nations. Edwin's unit received orders to join U.S. forces in South Korea where he was killed in action on November 26, 1950.   

Edwin was the son, and the only child, of Mr. Alfons Gurecky, and Mrs. Annie (Marek) Gurecky. He was born on March 2, 1931 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. He was an accomplished accordionist. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ennis, Texas.

On July 27, 1953 a cease fire was signed ending hostilities between North and South Korea. It was almost two years before Edwin's body was exhumed in Korea, and shipped to the U.S. Naval Base at Sasebo on western Kyushu Island in Japan. He was shipped home on April 18, 1955 reaching Keever Mortuary on May 6 accompanied by Master Sergeant B. P. Gunter.

On Sunday, May 8, at 3:00 p.m. a service was conducted for Edwin Gurecky at Keever Chapel by the Rev. Richmond McKinney, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Ennis. Following the service was reburial in Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis with full military honors.

Edwin was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal. He is listed on the Memorial Monument to Ennis War Dead and the Ellis County Veterans Memorial.

Jack Lummus Memorial Park   Ellis County Veterans Memorial

The picture and bio information are courtesy of Margaret and Milton Gurecky, Lewisville, Texas.

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