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Ivan G Sadowska

War: World War II
Parent/Wife: Gus
City: Marshfield
Birth Date: 29 Nov 1920
Death Date: 8 Nov 1942
How Died: Mia
Where Died: North Africa
Where Buried:
Rank: Pvt
Branch: Army

Kia=Killed in Action
Dow=Died of Wounds
Dod=Died of Disease
Mia=Missing in Action


Ivan Gust Christ Sadowska

Ivan Sadowska was reported missing in action and presumed dead on November 8, 1942. He was the first Marshfield soldier to lose his life in World War II.

Ivan was born and raised in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He lived for a short time in Wisconsin Rapids during his teens. He worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Factory until joining the military. Sadowska enlisted in the Army at age 22 and was inducted on October 29, 1941. He was trained as a tank operator with an armored force unit at Fort Knox, Kentucky and also in New Jersey before heading out to Northern Ireland in May of 1942.

The vessel Ivan was on board sank during military action upon landing on the northern coast of Africa. Ivan never married and had no children. He was survived by his parents, and a brother who was 17 at the time of Ivanís death.

Written by: Aaron Swanson, East Junior High School


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