Defenders of the Philippines

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John Abramowicz



John V. Abramowicz joined the regular Army after graduation and served for 32 years. When Corregidor was attacked by the Japanese shortly after the advent of World War II, Abramowicz was there. He endured the Bataan Death March and was a prisoner of war of the Japanese for forty-two months. After the war, he became a member of the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor. He was also a tavern owner and a member of Vesle Post 418, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Lithuanian Beneficial Society.

Abramowicz initiated a proposition to tend to the upkeep of the Esplen memorial to servicemen, which had previously fallen into disrepair. Abramowicz was married to Florence Dzierski, and they had two sons, John P. and James, and a daughter, Linda. Abramowicz died in 1960 at the age of 49 and was buried at St. Mary Cemetery in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.