At a ceremony at the Veterans Administration Healthcare Center in Buffalo, New York, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) recently presented Town of Cheektowaga resident and World War II veteran Eugene Ostrowski with the United States Military Prisoner of War (POW) Medal.
“The sacrifices made by Mr. Ostrowski and all of our brave service members past and present are immeasurable,” said Congressman Higgins. “It is an honor to hand over this small token of America’s appreciation to Mr. Ostrowski for his contributions to this great nation.”
Mr. Ostrowski entered into active service in the United States Army in April of 1943. From February 23, 1944 to April 27, 1945 Mr. Ostrowski was held as a Prisoner of War in Germany while serving as a Private in the 83rd Infantry Training Battalion. Private Ostrowski was honorably discharged from service in November of 1945.
The POW Medal, first issued in 1986, is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who were taken prisoner and held captive since the start of World War I.