Army Badge
  • Name: Joseph Smuk
  • Location of Birth: Ely, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 6, 1893
  • Date of Death: February 23, 1963
  • Parents: Joseph Smuk, Sr. & Anna (Butala) Smuk
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  • Highest Rank: PVT (Private)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Military Highlights:
    World War I Registration Card – 1917-1918
    Name: Joseph Smuk, Jr.
    Age: 24
    Home Address: Marble, Minnesota
    Date of Birth: April 6, 1893
    Citizenship: Natural born
    Place of Birth: Ely, Minnesota, U.S.
    Citizen of other Country: ----
    Present Occupation: Retail Butcher
    Employer: Self, Marble
    Dependents: No
    Marital Status: Single
    Race: Caucasian
    Previous Military Service: None
    Claim exemption from draft: No
    Tall, medium or short: Short
    Slender, medium or stout: Medium
    Color of eyes: Brown
    Color of hair: Brown
    Bald? No
    Any disability: No
    Date of registration: June 5 [1917]
    Place of registration: Greenway Township, Itasca, Minnesota

    Joseph Smuk, Jr. and his brother Matt Smuk left from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 11, 1918 aboard the ship Haverford for overseas duty with Company F, 119th Infantry.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Joseph Smuk, Jr. moved to Marble, Minnesota in 1916 where he was a partner in a grocery store. After he completed his service during World War I, he returned to Marble where he was a resident for many years. He was Marble postmaster for a short term and was proprietor of a restaurant. He was a charter member of the Poppe-Smuk-Appelget Post of the American Legion and a past commander. He later moved to California.

    Joseph died in Westminster, California and is buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, California (401, 3R W2). He is survived by his widow, Beda; two stepsons; and a stepdaughter.

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