Airman Missing From World War II Identified (Pitonyak) – So I guess today is a sort of book-ending day? I just posted a soldier’s case I researched in Jan 2001 and then found this announcement for a soldier I researched this past August.

Welcome home and RIP, 1st Lt Francis J. Pitonyak.

Incidentally, Lt. Pitonyak jumped out at me because I recognized his surname as being from the same area as my Smolenyaks – from the neighboring village of Zdiar. Small world.

Soldier Missing From Korean War Identified (Pelletier) – Whoa! I researched this case in 2000 – no kidding. Submitted it on January 2, 2001. And now, almost 16 years later, Cpl. Joseph N. Pelletier has been identified. A long overdue Christmas homecoming for this hero.

On tiny Weehawken Street, a historic building will pay homage to Manhattan’s roots – Full circle.

The Rooms They Left Behind

Photo Credit: Beverly & Pack