McKinley Park War Hero Honored at Veterans Memorial

Published September 26, 2020

Henry Charkowski historic photo World War II US Army uniform 1940Henry Charkowski in his U.S. Army uniform.Henry Charkowski, longtime resident of the McKinley Park neighborhood and recipient of five Bronze Star medals for service across multiple European theaters of conflict in World War II, received honors in memoriam at The Highground Veterans Memorial near Neillsville, Wisconsin, through a remembrance and placement ceremony on Saturday, September 19.

 
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Family members attended the ceremony honoring Charkowski, who grew up and lived most of his adult life in the 3200 block of South Paulina Street. Charkowski's parents, and all three of his sisters, also lived on that block in the McKinley Park neighborhood, including Mary Charkowski, who passed away in 2018.

Charkowski served in the U.S. Army from June 1943 to October 1945 as a Private First Class in the 90th Quartermaster Car Company of the XIXth Corps. For his service in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and at the Battle of the Bulge, he received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five bronze stars.

His memorial at The Highground, a park in northern Wisconsin paying tribute to veterans of World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, lies near Woodruff, Wisconsin, where Charkowski was a resident at the time of his passing.

 
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