MATUSLENSKI, Czeslawa (Jessie)
(cir 1895-)

WERESZYNSKI, Henry John, Colonel


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WERESZYNSKI, Henry John, Colonel 4994

  • Born: 2 Jul 1931, Utica, Oneida Co, NY 4995
  • Marriage (1): WAMSLEY, Shirley Jeanne on 5 Aug 1956 in Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii 2540
  • Died: 14 Oct 2014, Carmel Valley, Monterey County, California, United States 4994

   Other names for Henry were Hank,2545 WAROSIHSKI, Henry,558 WERESZYNSKI, Henry,4996,4997 WERESZYNSKI, Henry J., Col. 4998 and WERESZYNSKI, Henry J. 4999,5000,5001.,5002


  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Birth, 1931, Utica, Oneida Co, NY. 4994

Census, 5 Apr 1940, Utica, Oneida Co, NY. 558
1. Warosihski, Walter, head of household, owns his home at 608 Henry Street, valued at $3500, age 50, married, completed 6th grade, born Poland, citizenship having first papers, lived in same house on 1 Apr 1935, worked 40 hours during week of March 24-30, occupation fireman at paper mill, wage or salary worker, worked 40 weeks during 1939, earned $760 during 1939, no other income
2. Warosihski, Jessie, wife, age 44, married, completed 6th grade, born Poland, alien, engaged in home housework, no other income
3. Warosihski, Stanley, son, age 22, single, completed 2 years of high school, born NY, worked 32 hours during week of March 24-30, occupation moulder at foundry, wage or salary worker, worked 26 weeks during 1939, earned $520 during 1939, no other income
4. Warosihski, Zygmunt, son, age 19, single, completed 2 years of high school, born NY, worked 72 hours during week of March 24-30, occupation clerk at grocery, wage or salary worker, worked 26 weeks during 1939, earned $390 during 1939, no other income
5. Warosihski, Jane, daughter, age 17, not attending school, completed 8th grade, born NY, worked 48 hours during week of March 24-30, occupation private domestic, wage or salary worker, worked zero weeks during 1939, no other income
6. Warosihski, Francis, son, age 15, attends school, completed 1 year of high school, born NY, student
7. Warosihski, Henry, son, age 9, attends school, completed 3rd grade, born NY
8. Warosihski, Irene, daughter, age 5, attends school, completed zero grades, born NY.

Census, 10 Apr 1950, Utica, Oneida Co, NY. 5002
1) Wereszynski, Walter, head, living at lower part of 608 Henry Street, 61, married, b Poland, naturalized citizen, worked 40 hrs as stationary fireman at hotel
2) Wereszynski, Jesse, wife, 55 married, b Poland, not naturalized, homemaker
3) Wereszynski, Henry J., son, 18, b NY, worked 40 hrs as salesperson in mens ware in clothing store
4) Wereszynski, Irene S., daughter, 15, b NY, attending 10th grade.

Education: Graduated from Utica Academy: Utica, Oneida Co, NY. 2540

Education: Attended Augusta Military Academy: Fort Defiance, Augusta County, Virginia, United States. 2540

Military Service: Joined Army, cir 1951. 4994

Residence, 1956, Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. 2540

Appearance in Document: Passenger List, 8 Oct 1956, Honolulu, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. 4997 1st Lt. Henry Wereszynski, US Army, and Shelley Wereszynski arrived at Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 Oct 1956, departed from Clark Air Force Base, on ship General C. G. Morton.

Residence: 340 Watson, 1957, Monterey, Monterey Co, CA. 5000

Residence: 1157 Acorn, 1959, Fayetteville, Cumberland Co, NC. 5001

Military Service: U.S. Army Register Active and Retired List, 1 Jan 1966. 5003 Wereszynski Henry John 095739
Born NY 2 July 31.
Appointed NY
Commendation Ribbon with Medal Pendant
Graduate United States Army Command and General Staff College 64
United States Army Infantry School Officer Advanced Course 58
BGE Muni Univ of Omaha 65
Enlisted 27 Feb 52 to 16 Apr 53 2lt Infantry United States Army Reserve 17 Apr 53 to Major Army of the United States 3 June 63
Regular Army Captain Infantry 5 July 62
Date of Rank 17 Apr 60
Promotion List #16072

Military Service: U.S. Army Register Regular Army Active List, 1 Jan 1972. 5004 Promotion List #8092 Wereszynski Henry, Basic Branch Infantry, Temp Grade LTC, Date of Rank 670224, Basic Pay Entry Date (date from which service creditable for basic pay is computed) 520227, Perm Grade Maj, Date of Rank 670417, Source of Commission C2 (US Army Reserve commissioned officers), Basic Date (date on which service for commissioned promotion purposes in Regular Army commences) 530417, Civ Ed Level 5 (College Graduate), Mil Ed Level 3 (National War College or Army War College), Date of Birth 310702

Residence, 1972, Monterey Co, CA. 4994

Story: On jury for "fragging" murder court martial, 8 Sep 1972, Fort Ord, Monterey Co, CA. 5005 Ft. Ord, Calif. (UPI) - A jury of nine officers to try Pvt. Billy D. Smith, accused of the "fragging" murder of two officers in Vietnam, was approved Thursday by the prosecution at his court martial. ... Smith is being court martialed on charged of killing the two officers with a hand grenade at the post where he was assigned in Vietnam. It is the first "fragging" trial to be held in the United States. ... The tentative jury includes ... Lt. Col. Henry J. Wereszynski ...

[From my research of the case: Billy Dean Smith was a black man from the Watts section of Los Angeles, accused of murdering Lt. Thomas Dellwo and Lt. Richard Harlan, both white, at Bien Hoa, Vietnam, on March 15 1971, by planting a booby-trapped hand grenade. He was also accused of attempted murder of his commanding officer Capt. Randall Rigby and Sgt. Billie E. Willis, who were allegedly the actual intended victims. The case gained national attention. The jury ended up finding Smith not guilty of six charges, including the two for murder and two for attempted murder, but was found guilty of assault for attacking one of the two MPs who arrested him. He was demoted and given a bad conduct discharge. The decision to acquit hinged on the jury not being convinced by the evidence, including a hand grenade pin found in Smith's possession.]

Residence: 10 Greenwood Rise, 1974 To 2020, Monterey, Monterey Co, CA. 5006

Appearance in Document: Newspaper article, 30 Jul 1975, Syracuse, Onondaga Co, NY. 4998 "Oneida County Beat". Col. Henry J. Wereszynski, a native of Utica, is commander of the Army's Special Forces Detachment in Europe The former graduate of Utica Free Academy is a brother of former Utica Councilman Vincent Wereszynski.

Military Service: Retired at rank of Colonel, 1983. 4994

Occupation: Corporate Admisistrator of Goldsmith Jewelers. 4994

Appearance in Document: Kiwanis Club of Monterey biography: Monterey, Monterey Co, CA. KIWANIS CLUB OF MONTEREY
Hank Wereszynski is a native of Utica, New York, where he attended local schools and enlisted in the U.S, Army. After his first 10 months of service, Hank entered Office Candidate School, graduating as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry at the age of 20.
A long, distinguished military career followed, including combat duty in Korea and Vietnam, and troop commander assignments at every level from Platoon Leader through Brigade Commander, plus duty as a staff officer from Battalion level through Department of the Army General Staff.
He successfully combined civilian and military educational opportunities, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Education at the University of Omaha, then a Master of Science in Public Administration at Shippensburg State College. He has earned diplomas from 10 military schools, including the Army's Command and General Staff College, the War College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Special Forces Officer School, and the Airborne Jumpmaster's School.
Among his assignments in non-combat duty were tours as the Commander of the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Europe; Community (Bad Tolz, Germany) Commander; and Deputy Chief of Staff , Readiness & Training, U.S. First Army. He concluded his career as Chief of Staff, Combat Development & Experimentation Comrnand, Ft. Ord, retiring in 1983 with the rank of Colonel. He completed 32 years of service to his country, holding 16 decorations, two citations, five service medals and four badges.
Hank is now Corporate Administrator for Goldsmith's Jewelers, headquartered in Monterey. He is married to Shirley Jeanne (Wamsley) and they are the parents of two grown children. Son Stephen is an Air Force First Lieutenant, at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas, and their daugher is Mrs. Karen Conger, with the local Pacific Telephone office. Hank and Shirley are at home in their Skyline Forest residence in Monterey.

Occupation: Office Manager of Visiting Nurse Association. 4994

Occupation: Sales Associate at Gasper Jewelers. 4994

Residence: 10 Greenwood Rise, 1993 To 1998, Monterey, Monterey Co, CA. 4999

Residence, 17 Jan 2012, Monterey, Monterey Co, CA. 5007

Residence: 306 Euclid Avenue, 2016 To 2017, Monterey, Monterey Co, CA. 5006

Occupation: Army. 4994

Religion: Catholic.

Story. Graduated from Utica Free Academy. Went to college at Augusta Military Academy, Ft Defiance, VA, on football scholarship, but came home before graduating. (Had offers to play football at several schools, including William & Mary, Virginia, Colgate, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, and had full football scholarship offer to Bloomberg State College, PA). Worked hauling ice for one of his brothers, then enlisted in Army. Eventually, went back to college and graduated. Got Masters in military studies from Shippensberg St while family was staying at Alexandria, VA (1968-72). Full Colonel in Infantry and Special Forces, 2 tours in Vietnam, one in Laos. Went to Fort Ord, Monterrey, then a tour in Vietnam, then returned to Ord as Chief of Staff of CDEC (Combat Development Experiment Command). Retired about 1978. Worked as supervisor for local business, then office manager for nursing home service. He retired about 1996, and continued living in Monterrey. (knowledge of Stephen Wereszynski)

Military Service: Retired Colonel. 4996

Obituary, 19 Oct 2014, Monterey, Monterey Co, CA. 4994 Henry Wereszynski, US Army, Retired, died in Carmel Valley on October 14, 2014, at the age of 83. He was born in Utica, New York, in 1931, the seventh and youngest child of Wladislaw and Czeslawa Wereszynski. Henry joined the Army at the age of 20 and had a long and distinguished military career, including combat duty in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. His many decorations included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired in 1983 at the rank of Colonel, having completed 32 years in service to his country.
Upon retirement, he worked as the corporate administrator of Goldsmith Jewelers, office manager of the Visiting Nurse Association, and a sales associate at Gasper Jewelers. He attended San Carlos Church, and was the 60th president of the Kiwanis Club of Monterey.
While on assignment in Hawaii, Henry met Shirley Wamsley in Waikiki and they married in 1956. Their next duty station was the language school in Monterey. He and Shirley fell in love with the area and vowed to return one day. In 1972, Monterey became their permanent home.
Henry is survived by Shirley, his loving wife of 58 years; his son Stephen and wife Virginia; his daughter Karen Conger and husband Brad; and five grandchildren, Joshua and Kristen Wereszynski, and Jennifer, Melissa, and Kelsey Conger.
In accordance with his wishes, a private family service has been held.


Henry married Shirley Jeanne WAMSLEY, daughter of Raymond Joseph WAMSLEY and Erene Lillian RACINE, on 5 Aug 1956 in Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii.2540 (Shirley Jeanne WAMSLEY was born on 19 May 1931 in Berkeley, CA 2534,5008 and died on 7 Nov 2022 in Monterey, Monterey Co, CA 2545.)

  Noted events in their marriage were:

Engagement, 7 Jul 1956, Honolulu, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. 2540 Mr. and Mrs. Ellis W. Layton of Palmira Valle, Colombia, South America announce the engagement of her daughter, Miss Shirley Jeanne Wamsley, to First Lieutenant Henry J. Wereszynski, U.S. Army, Schofield Barracks.
The Laytons formerly lived at Aiea when he was superintendent of California and Hawaiian Sugar Company.
The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Wereszynski of Utica, New York.
Miss Wamsley was graduated from Paso Robles High School in California and attended San Francisco State College and the University of Hawaii. She is now living here.
Lieutenant Wereszynski was graducated from Utica Academy and attended Augusta Military Academy in Virginia. He is stationed at Schofield Barracks.
The wedding is planned for August 5 at the 35th Infantry Chapel at Schofield.

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