35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association

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  PFC Joseph S. Ryczek    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Able Company
35th Infantry Regiment
World War II

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Joseph S. Ryczek, who died in the service of his country on October 21st, 1943 in Vella Lavella. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Joseph was 25 years of age. He was from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

The decorations earned by PFC Joseph S. Ryczek include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: C 738

Joseph enlisted February 27,1942. He had completed four years of high school and was an unskilled motorman.