Monday, April 25, 2011

Great Grandpa Joe Orshoski's Draft Card in 1942

After entering the name of my great grandfather, Joseph Orshoski, into the online collections at Family Search , I quickly retrieved this record which provides the information that Grandpa Joe filled out when he completed the paperwork for his World War Two Draft Registration card.

He listed his birthplace as Vadas, Hungary. Having done some previous research, I knew that Great Grandpa Joe was born in Felsö-Vadasz. He gave his age, current address, employer, and the name of someone who would likely always know his address, my dad's Aunt Stella. (Aunt Stella is a vibrant individual who is enjoying her grandchildren in the sunny South, but her last name is not Orshoski any more.)

On the back of the registration card, he provided some information about his physical appearance.

In 1942, Grandpa Joe stated that he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighed 165 pounds. He had hazel eyes, black hair, and a ruddy complexion. He filled out the registration card at the Feick Building in downtown Sandusky on April 26, 1942. Though several of Great Grandpa Joe Orshoski's grandsons served in the military during World War Two, he did not. However by viewing the registration draft card that Grandpa Joe filled out in 1942, I learned some personal details about my great grandfather. He was a very serious and hard-working individual. How I wish I had asked him more questions about his life back in Hungary, and his experiences as a coal miner and a laborer at a cement factory.

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