EDWARD F ZACKOWSKI
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HONORED ON PANEL 31E, LINE 2 OF THE WALL

EDWARD FRANCIS ZACKOWSKI

WALL NAME

EDWARD F ZACKOWSKI

PANEL / LINE

31E/2

DATE OF BIRTH

07/07/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/28/1967

HOME OF RECORD

PHILADELPHIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Philadelphia County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR EDWARD FRANCIS ZACKOWSKI
POSTED ON 10.8.2002
POSTED BY: Robert Greer

Deep affection for family and friends

Edward F. Zackowski
Unruh Street, Tacony

"Zeek" Zackowski was quiet, but possessed an engaging wit and deep affection for family and friends. He wrote home from Vietnam frequently. "Five months and 22 malaria pills to go," he jokingly wrote his brother, Ernest. Another letter concluded with a few lines of poetry:
I came to this place because there was a job to be done
It didn't take long to find out it wouldn't be fun
I'm here for a year and a year I'll stay
I'll fight like hell and pray each day
That my being here will keep my brother away"
The 2O-year-old Father Judge High School graduate had pitched for the Tacony PAL baseball team and worked for Sone Container Corp. before being drafted into the Army in October 1966. The rifleman saw extensive combat with Company D of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Zackowski was wounded twice before he was killed on November 28, 1967, while on a search and destroy mission near the Cambodian border. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. Zackowski, one of seven men from Tacony to die in Vietnam, had been a childhood friend of two of them, William H. 'Billy" Carpenter Jr. and Donald J. Hertrich. Six of the seven, including Zackowski, had attended St. Leo's Elementary School at Keystone and Unruh streets. He was engaged to be married. In addition to his brother, he was survived by his parents and three sisters.
.... from The Philadelphia Daily News
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POSTED ON 10.4.2002
POSTED BY: Cheryl Bisignaro

My brother I never got to meet

My name is Cheryl my brother Ed was killed in vietnam on November 28 1967 i was born August 7 1969 I never had the chance to meet him but he must of been a special person from the stories i have heard I feel very sad not to have had the chance to be in his life and for him to see the three beautiful children i have today i tell them alot about him. We all love him very much and are proud of him.
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POSTED ON 10.2.2002
POSTED BY: ernie zackowski

Sgt. Edward F. Zackowski c/o Heaven from uncle Fritz

Dear Nephew, I am writing this letter to let everyone know that you giving your life will not have been in vain. It's men like you that made our country free from harm, giving their lives so that we can always enjoy the life of freedom. My heart goes out with deep sorrow for your Mom and Dad who have enjoyed your early boyhood days . We will never forget your devotion to your country and what it stands for. We will never forget your laughter and enjoyment of life. Your parents are proud for the way you accepted you duties and asked that no favors be granted you. We are proud the way you made sergent in such a short time and did the very best with all your might. We will enjoy the comforts of our home and family who are safe at home. With soldiers like you protecting our very being we have no fear of losing these precious rights. Sometimes some of us take for granted and forget how our country was made great by men like you, but you must forgive them as they don't know. Your presence will be missed with all our hearts, but we will never forget you for your sacrifice. We don't know exactly where you fell it's so far from home. Sometimes we must fight in far off places like Vietnam, but all enemies of our great country must be stopped. Thank you dear nephew from all of us and may you serve God as well as you did your fellow man. Your Uncle Fritz
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POSTED ON 9.23.2002
POSTED BY: ernie zackowski

poem

To my brother Ernie- I came to this place because there was a job to be done. Right from the beginning I knew it wouldn't be fun. I'm here for a year and a year I will stay. I'll fight like hell and I'll hope and pray my being here will keep my brother away. Your brother Ed Vietnam, 1967
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