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Phillip "Phil" Streczyk was a sergeant in the U.S. 1st Infantry Division during World War II.

b. 25 Nov 1918 d. 25 Jun 1958 He is famous as one of the first men off the beach at Omaha Beach. He served in E Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, under Lieutenant John M. Spalding. He and his men helped make the breakthrough there on D-Day possible. His platoon landed on the Easy Red sector, and made it to the seawall largely intact, unlike most in the first wave. Instead of attacking up the beach exits, as was planned, he instead helped find and clear a path up the mined bluffs, left of Exit E-1. Once at the top, he attacked the enemy fortifications from the rear, clearing out trenches and pillboxes along Exit E-1 and taking prisoners. He was able to interrogate several of the Ost battalion POWs because he spoke fluent Polish. Later on D-Day he was involved in actions further inland at Colleville-sur-Mer. For his actions on D-Day, he was later awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Great Britain's Military Medal[citation needed]. His company commander later called him "the greatest unsung hero of World War II".

He saw action in five other major battles during World War II with the "Big Red One", including Tunisia, Sicily, and Hurtgen. He was also awarded the Silver Star four times.

Streczyk is a native of East Brunswick Township, New Jersey.[1]

Son of Andrzej "Andrew" Streczyk b. 1876 in Austria and Marya b. 1886 in Austria.

Philip Streczyk was buried with honors at The Church of Our Saviour Cemetery, first known as Polish National Catholic Church Cemetery in East Brunswich, Middlesex, New Jersey.


  1. Pogue, Forrest C. "Philip+Streczyk"+"east+brunswick" Pogue's War: Diaries of a WWII Combat Historian, University Press of Kentucky, 2006. ISBN 0-8131-9160-2, p. 64. Accessed February 13, 2011. "I was leader of the first section of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Division, and we were scheduled to go in on the first wave. My assistant section leader was Technical Sergeant Philip Streczyk, East Brunswick, New Jersey."


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