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Stephen J. Byzek
Major, United States Army
Submitted by George Arrington, 31 July 1998:

I would like to add the name of Stephen J. Byzek, Major, USA to your list of names.

Steve was a friend of mine who died on January 6, 1996. He was born on July 11, 1911.

While serving in the U.S. Army in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, Byzek was witness to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Shortly thereafter, Byzek went to northern Africa as a paratrooper with the O.S.S. During that time, he was wounded by a land mine and received the Purple Heart.

He later served in both the Korean War with the Army and the Bay of Pigs invasion with the CIA. He retired to Annandale, Virginia after serving at Ft. Lee, Virginia. He is survived by his wife Madeline, his daughter Bonnie and his grandson Alexander. He was pre-deceased by his son Steven.

In addition to his military service, Byzek was well known as a Jujitsu teacher. He studied under the famous Professor Henry Okazaki in Honolulu. After recovering from his wounds, he returned to Hawaii and trained the troops at Ewa Marine Base in the arts of hand-to-hand combat.

Major Byzek in interred in grave 60-1918.

Thanks for considering this addition.
George Arrington

SJ Byzek Gravesite PHOTO
 Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006


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