Andrew Joseph DuszynskiCorporal
E CO, 3RD BN, 21ST INFANTRY, 196 INF BDE
Army of the United States
14 July 1949 - 22 February 1970
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The database page for Andrew Joseph Duszynski
"This is My commandment,
You laid down your life for your family, your friends, and your country. You will forever be loved and respected.
When I see old black and white photographs of the family I see your picture. You were so handsome; you had those deep Duszynski eyes; I can tell you were loving and kind.
If you see Grandma in Heaven give her a kiss for me. I know she lived the rest of her life missing you, and yearning to see you in Heaven. Now I do the same for both of you! Until we walk the streets of Heaven, you are forever in our memories and hearts!
From a niece.
I believe this is the Andy Duszynski I was in basic training with at Fort Knox, Kentucky during April, May and June of 1969. We were assigned to Delta Company, 4th Battallion, 8th training Brigade.
We arrived for basic training approximately 24 April 1969. Andy, our friend Bill Fackelman and about 6 other friends copied our dog tag information on a paper and we were going to use it to get together after our term of service and see how fate had treated us. I have misplaced the paper but I will try to find it in case his family wants it.
I remember Andy as a dark haired young man who wore glasses and who was a bit on the skinny side, but it has been 38 years ago. I have tried to located him numerous times but I had mispelled his name as Drusinsky! I found his name today on ths website and as amazing as it sounds, I was devastated! I remember Andy as always smiling and very friendly. I served with about 100 men in my basic training company and yet I only remember two names, Andy and Bill. Isn't it remarkable that someone is so special that they remain in your mind 38 years later? I have missed Andy all these years and I miss him even more now. Closure shall remain elusive all my days.
From a fellow soldier,
25 Jan 2007
Andy and I were born 2 weeks apart and lived all of our lives less than 50 miles from each other in Michigan. We were both drafted in April 1969 and were assigned to the same basic training company at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Andy was a soft spoken, polite young man and I was a hoodlum yet we found a common bond and became friends.
After basic I stayed at Ft Knox for training as a clerk and Andy went to Fort Polk, Louisiana for infantry training. After this traning, I went to jump school and then was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC, where I spent the rest of my two years. Andy went to Vietnam and served with the 196th Infantry Brigade until his death on 22 February 1970 at Quang Tin, South Vietnam.
Andy and I had lost touch after basic and I have looked for him all these years, but I had mispelled hbis name as Druzinsky. Last week (January 2007) I was looking at the Virtual Wall web site and found his name! I cannot express the loss I feel even 38 years later.
It is hard to understand how fate could be so kind to me and so hard on Andy, mostly because he was clearly the better man.
Isn't it remarkable that someone is so special that you remember them clearly after all these years?
From a friend,
Andy, you were my big brother and I still love and miss you.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 15 Mar 2005
Last updated 02/14/2008