VINCENT J. STISLOW
Vincent J.'Peetsy' STISLOW (SCISLOWICZ)
"I" Company, 503d PRCT
18 February 1945
As I search these web sites, I look for anyone who may remember my Great-uncle ("Peetsy") Vincent Stislow (Scislowicz) (KIA Corregidor).
Uncle Peetsy rests with his parents (my great grandparents) in Hastings, PA where he was born. (He never knew his father, a Polish immigrant, as he was killed in a coal mine a few months before Vince was born). I think of him often although my family lost him 13 yrs before I was born. I have pictures of him and wonder what he may have become. Conversations about Peetsy are rare, but when they do come up, I am| usually nearby as mom's relatives always comment how I look and remind them of Peetsy. I guess there is a resemblance.
If anyone from I Company remembers him, feel free to get hold of me. We have conflicting stories of his death. THE telegram from the Army said he was machine gunned while landing at Monkey Point. One other person I spoke with said he knew him and they were down off the point when they were mortared. Peetsy was killed on 18 Feb., the jump was 16Feb. Correct? I assume he was alive at least one day on The Rock.
[Stislow was awarded the Silver Star for an action at Log Crossing #2, Markham Valley.]
Paul is absolutely correct. There was no "landing" at Monkey Point and it was more than two days after the 16th, the day of the parachute landing, that we got to Monkey Point. I was a platoon sergeant in B Co. when the 1st battalion "took" Monkey Point.
This would tend to make sense as my uncle's date of death is the 18 Feb 45, which is 2 days after the jump, correct?
My mother always said that she was told he was killed on Monkey Point, which would show he survived the jump, correct? Am I getting warmer? My mom, aunts, cousins and other relatives did not have the best recollections from this traumatic news. Was "I" Company on Monkey Point at any time? Louis McCarroll and I had a conversation a few years ago and he's pretty sure he was with my uncle coming down a hill when they were mortared. Mr. McCaroll seemed fairly confident of the events. One thing that lead me to believe he knew my uncle was that he remembered Uncle Vincent's brother Tony Scislowicz (Stislow) meeting up before the Corregidor operation. Not many people including family, know of that event. It seems Vincent gave Tony a field jacket and remarked he won't be needing it anymore.
Thank you all tremendously for any facts and insight.
4 MAY 2002
I suggest that you call up "The Drop Zone", a site containing a picture album of my adventures as a paratrooper and my stories of several events, including that of what happened at the Monkey Point disaster. This will help to clarify those ancient events and where Monkey Point fits in with your uncle's death. Please don't hesitate to contact me again with any questions.
Thank you for the cross reference. I had been contacted some years ago by a gentleman in Michigan who was with Peetsy’s squad and thinks they were heading for in the vicinity of Breakwater Point when either a mortar or land mine exploded. He did mention the one killed (Peetsy was listed as DOW, not KIA in the official records) and two were slightly wounded. I have the book and will take a look again.
Great catch! Thank you very much.
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