World War II Army cook is veteran of the month
Relatives of American Legion Post 44 veteran of the month Theodore A. Siwanowicz at the All Wars Memorial in Bantam following Saturday's service. Among the relatives are his daughter, Barbara Stone of Goshen, third from left, and sister, Jane Baniuk of Seymour, center. BZ photo
World War II veteran Theodore A. Siwanowicz is American Legion Post 44 of Bantam’s veteran of the month.
Siwanowicz, who died April 12, 1995, was honored at the All Wars Memorial on Saturday. His daughter, Barbara Stone of Goshen, and sister, Jane Baniuk of Seymour were among his relatives on hand for the service.
During the war, Siwanowicz served as a cook with the 978th Field Artillery, which landed at Normandy and marched across France to Berlin, Germany. He was 34 when he enlisted in the Army on April 17, 1942. Before enlisting, he was working at the U.S. Rubber Corp. in Naugatuck, where he was born.
Siwanowicz was discharged from the Army on Nov. 13, 1945 and was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with five Battle Stars and the Victory in Europe Medal.
After the war, Siwanowicz returned to Naugatuck and his job at the U.S. Rubber Corp. He married Agnes Alexander on Feb. 5, 1949 and they had two children, Barbara and Theodore.
Siwanowicz retired from Uniroyal, the successor to the U.S. Rubber Corp. in 1970. He is survived by both of his children, three grandchildren, and his sister and is buried in St. Augustine’s Cemetery in Seymour.