Ed Gekosky joined Company G as a replacement on Fiji in 1943. Source: Edward Gekosky Collection.
Ed Gekosky was awarded this Bronze Star for actions during the battle for Hill 260 on Bougainville. Source: Edward Gekosky Collection.
Ed Gekosky was awarded a second Bronze Star - signified by an Oak Leaf Cluster - for actions in the Oct 1944 offensive on Bougainville. Source: Edward Gekosky Collection.
Ed Gekosky (Photo #1) joined Company G on Fiji, late in 1943. He hailed from Pennsylvania, and was the son of a coal miner. He was assigned to the 2nd Platoon, “Roy’s Raiders.” He enjoyed sports, and was an easy going man. Gekosky was awarded a Bronze Star (Photo #2) in the failed Company G assault to retake Hill 260 on March 11. He not only provided accurate fire with his rifle, but took command of his squad when their leader was killed. He was awarded a second Bronze Star – displayed on his uniform as an Oak Leaf Cluster- for actions during the October 1944 offensive on Bougainville (Photo #3). Gekosky was one of the men seen in the “Last of the Gallant 43” photo that made the rounds in American newspapers late in the war. He survived the campaigns in the Philippines, and accompanied the unit to Japan, where among other activities, he organized baseball games. After the war, Gekosky returned home to Pennsylvania. He passed away in 1970.