The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Company F

Private First Class Stanislaw [Stanley] M Janik
Service # 11062452
Pfc Stanislaw M JanikPfc Janik (pictured right) was born in Chicopee, Massachusetts on December 31st, 1918 and was killed in action on February 7, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge.

Pfc Janik is the son of Wojciech {William} Janik [b.1883 in Galicia, came to America 1904 and died approx 1943] a rope wirer at a cotton mill and the son of Kathryn {Katie} Kozienkiewicz Janik [b. 1896 in Galicia, came to America in 1912 and died in 1968] a carder and spinner in a cotton mill.

The 1930 US Census for Chicopee, Hampden County, MA shows Stanley residing at # 7 Cabot Street with his parents and brother Leon [b.1916 in Ma and died 1995 and sister Helen Janik {Pulaski} [b. 1915 in Ma and died in 2002] and sister Josephine Janik {Gazda} [b. 1921 in MA and alive in 2005].

Stanley attended West Street School, Chicopee. From 1936 thru March 1937 Stanley was enrolled at the CCC at Ft Devens, Ma. Later he was employed at the Perkins Machine and Gear Company. Pfc Janik enlisted in the Army on May 20th, 1942 at Springfield, MA. His enlistment records states Stanley had completed 1 year of high school and was single. Pfc Janik completed training in August 1942 at Camp Croft, South Carolina and won his Paratrooper Wings at Fort Benning, Georgia. Pfc Janik fought with Company F during the Airborne invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, Belgium. Pfc Janik was first reported missing in action on Feb 7, 1945 on a mission across the Oeur River into Dasburg, Germany.

Pfc Janik was first interred in Luxembourg. Pfc Janik was brought home and interred at the Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Pfc Janik was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Croix de Guerre Unit Citation [French], the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star, World War II Victory Medal, WWII Honorable Service Lapel Button, Parachute Badge.

{Note: The above information was provided by Sandra S Smith.}