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First Name: Joseph

Last Name: Komurke

Birthplace: WY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Home of Record: El Paso, TX
Middle Name: C.

Date of Birth: 03 November 1915

Date of Death: 01 May 2001


Years Served:
Joseph Charles Komurke

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Joseph Charles Komurke

Warrant Officer 3rd Grade, U. S. Air Force

Silver Star

Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Middle East, General Orders No. 17 (September 23, 1942)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technical Sergeant Joseph C. Komurke (ASN: 6256481), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action with the enemy while serving with the First Provisional Group (Heavy), Middle East Air Forces.
On 15 June 1942 he, while acting as aerial Radio Operator-Gunner, took part in an attack upon Italian Fleet operating in the Mediterranean Sea, made by a formation of U. S. Army Air Force heavy bombers. This attack was so successful that the fleet was forced to withdraw permitting safe passage to a British convoy bound for Malta. On the return flight to base, he manned his machine with such precision and in such perfect coordination with the remainder of the formation that intercepting enemy fights were driven off with two casualties. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army Air Forces.

Awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 15 June 1942 at Mediterranean Sea as reported in newspapers like Ft Worth Star Telegram Mon 8 Feb 1943.

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Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 319687   Created by: drjones46




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