John Lesniewski Signed Index Card Lot (20) WWII HeroGo Back
John Lesniewski Signed Index Card Lot (20) WWII Hero
John J. Lesniewski served as a private first class in the 393rd Bombardment Squadron during World War 11. He was a member of the ground crew regularly assigned to the B-29 Enola Gay. Twenty signed 3″ X 5″ index cards some of describing John’s M.O.S. “747” (Military Occupation Specialty), duty assignments, Air Craft he worked on, and where he was stationed in 1945.
World War ll hero; Lesniewski jumped (parachuted) into June 6, 1944, in Normandy. He landed near the town of Sainte-Mère-Église along with fellow E Company paratrooper Ed Joint. After several days, Lesniewski linked up with the rest of his unit and began the assault on Carentan. During Operation Market Garden, Lesniewski was sent out on a patrol near a dike. After climbing to the top of the dike, Lesniewski came face-to-face with a German prepared to hurl a potato masher at him and his unit. Joe warned his comrades of the live grenade, saving many of the men in his squad, though he was lightly wounded in the neck by shrapnel from the grenade blast. Lesniewski began lobbing grenades over the dike toward the enemy soldiers. It turned out they encountered an entire company of German SS. During one of the shellings, Lesniewski took cover in a shallow foxhole. A shell came in and landed about 2 feet (0.6 m) in front of him. The shell was a dud. Lesniewski tied a handkerchief to a stick and stuck it in the ground where the shell was to warn of the danger.
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