Tony Dziuszko in the 1941 Company G unit photo taken at Camp Edwards (second to last row, eighth from the right). Source: Edward Monahan Collection.
Good friends Tony Dziuszko (sitting in Jeep) and Ozzy Orsillo pose for a photo. Source: Anthony Dziuszko Collection (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan).
Tony Dziuszko, from Danvers, MA, was one of the soldiers who joined Company G in the spring 1941 draft. Photo #1 shows him in the Camp Edwards unit photo, in the second to last row, eighth from the right. Over the course of the war, Dziuszko found himself repeatedly moving up and down through the ranks. He was a good soldier in combat, which led to promotions. But he liked to drink and raise hell in the rear area, which led to him being stripped of rank.
Dziuszko wrote letters home to his future wife throughout the war, and his observations on everything from combat to the various locations where Company G was stationed are crucial to understanding the experience of these soldiers. His letters are now part of a collection at the William L. Clements Library, at the University of Michigan.
In undated Photo #2, Tony Dzuiszko (seated inside) shares a Jeep with his good friend Francis “Ozzy” Orsillo. They both survived the war, and remained friends back home in Massachusetts. Dziuszko passed away in 2001.