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Saturday, June 1, 2019

PFC George Pesock Memorial Bridge Dedicated in Coudersport

Paul W. Heimel
19 mins ·

There was not a dry eye in the valley as Paula (Pesock) Mitchell told of her grandparents changing one of the five Blue Stars they proudly displayed in their Elk Street home front window to a Gold Star, signifying the loss of their son George. Paula (on ladder) joined other family members in unveiling the bridge sign. 

Some background:
On the day after Thanksgiving in 1942, 20-year-old George A. Pesock enlisted in the U.S. Army. George’s family would never see him again. He became the town’s second casualty of World War II on July 9, 1944, succumbing to wounds he received in action on the Pacific Ocean island of Saipan.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Pesock, George quit school early to go to work for the Damascus Tanning Company near his home. He was one of multiple Pesock brothers who enlisted for service to their country.

He was deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations with the 27th Infantry Division. PFC Pesock had sought a furlough to visit his family before he shipped out from Hawaii, but the request was denied. His family was not aware that he had been deployed when they received a telegram informing them of his death. PFC Pesock is buried in St. Eulalia Cemetery.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Thank you Paul Heimel for the recap of my speech. There were actually 6 blue stars on the service flag, one for each of the Pesock brothers who served, Stan, Peter, Frank, Joseph, John and George. One of the stars was changed to gold to indicate George's death.

It was a wonderful tribute yesterday to our Fallen Soldier

Paula Pesock Mitchell