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Chester B. Korszoloski of Niagara Falls, NY passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 90 years old. Born in Old Forge, PA on April 10, 1925, he was son of the late Frank and the late Mary Ann (Topczewska) Korszoloski. Chester entered the United States Navy at age 17 on March 5, 1943 serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged on April 17, 1946 as a Gunners Mate 3rd class. For service to his country he received the NUC Ribbon, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Ribbon, Pacific Theater Ribbon w/3 Stars, American Theater Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation w/2stars. After serving his country he moved to Niagara Falls. He worked for Certo Brothers and as a distributor for Frito Lay. He loved talking to people and was well known for his unique character and sense of humor. He was well versed and could tackle just about any job. He loved to maintain his yard along with tinkering around the house.
Later in life Chester began to tell selected people his stories of the experiences aboard the USS Hancock during WWII. Most memorable was the Kamikaze hit on April 7, 1945. He wondered if he would make it to his 20th birthday, which was three days away. As instructed he stayed in his gun mount filled with smoke and stayed low to inhale the narrow layer of breathable air. Many others panicked and jumped overboard. 63 men died this day and 82 were wounded, mostly burns. The Hancock continued operation for another day, burying it's dead at sea on the 9th of April.
He is survived by his son, Ron Korszoloski of Niagara Falls, NY and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife Violet (Slavinski), his son Leon; brothers, Frank, Leo, Steve Korszoloski; sisters, Tessie Korszoloski, Mary Potempa, Regina Magda and Genevieve Brooks.
There is NO PRIOR visitation. Private Funeral services & Entombment with military honors will take place at the convenience of the family in Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Arrangements entrusted to ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME INC. Visit zajacfuneralhomeinc.com for online condolences
Published on March 23, 2016
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