BUFFALO, NY - Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) recently presented the family of World War II Army veteran Frank Falkowski with a number of military medals of honor including the Bronze Star. While, Mr. Falkowski did not live to see these awards, the Falkowski family was pleased to accept the medals on his behalf and will use the medals to create a legacy which will allow the story of his valiant service to live on for generations to come.
“Unfortunately Frank never received his due recognition during his life, however we pray that he knows that his country has, at long last, paid him the full honor to which he so richly deserves,” said Congressman Higgins.
Born in 1919 in Depew, New York, Frank Falkowski enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 22. His duties included serving as a military police officer and a machine gunner. Frank served 42 months overseas during World War II, and while stationed in the Philippines and the Pacific theatre, he assisted with the evacuation of women and children to safe haves as the Japanese were advancing. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Upon his return to Western New York Frank married his wife, Marion and they raised four children, Marcia, Linda, Jerry and Janice. Mr. Falkowski was employed as a welder for Contractor’s Ornamental Steel and also worked part time as a security guard at the once famous Palace Theater in downtown Buffalo.
Congressman Higgins presented the Falkowskis with the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the World War II Honorable Service Lapel Button.
Mr. Falkowski’s daughter, Linda Stanek, contacted Congressman Higgins office requesting assistance obtaining the awards her father was entitled to.