Three Matras Brothers Who Served in World War II
 
Above: Joseph Albert Matras. On April 4, 1945, Joseph made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. He is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery Memorial in the city of Margraten, Holland. The acorn insignia on his shoulder identifies him as having been a member of the 87th Infantry Division. At right is the report that is the nightmare of every family and every individual that has a loved one at war.
  Tech Sgt. John Matras saw action in France. He died in August, 2001, and is buried in the Rittman, Ohio, Veterans Cemetery.
 Leo Matras, an ordnance specialist assigned to the 401st Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group at Bassingbourn, England. Leo’s job was to load bombs on B-17’s like the General “Ike” in which he posed. There is another photo of Leo with his fellow support personnel here .You can see the General Ike’s flight crew here, and you can see Corporal Tony Starcer, the B-17 “Nose Artist” who painted the General Ike insignia and many others for the 91st Bomb Group, on this page.
 
Photos Courtesy Larry Matras
 
Louis Andrew Dzara, a Perryopolis resident, served in the Navy and then the Army during and immediately following World War II. From December of 1946 to October of 1947, he was stationed with the Army in Japan, where he is pictured above.
 

Dennis Wilkes served as a helicopter air rescue crewman (rescue swimmer)
aboard the USS Wasp and the USS Valley Forge from 1955 to 1959. On the
first Veterans Page you may see his father, who served in the navy in
WWII, and his grandfather, a Civil War veteran.

 
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