Matthew C. Czaplicki (#31324488)

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Bristol, Connecticut
January 12, 1924
83rd Infantry
Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, ...

Matthew C. Czaplicki was born in Bristol, Connecticut on January 12, 1924, to Czestaw and Stanislawa (Napierski) Czaplicki. He attended John J. Jennings Grammar School and graduated from Bristol Central High School in 1942. After graduation Matt worked at New Departure.
He enlisted (#31324488) in the U.S. Army and spent a year at Texas A&M studying and playing baseball for the Aggies. In 1944 he was shipped overseas and was among the landing forces post D-Day in Europe. Matthew "Matt" Czaplicki was assigned to the 83rd Infantry Division as a replacement. He joined Company I of the 331st Infantry Regiment on July 7, 1944 while they were in the vicinity of Sainteny. He was wounded in France on July 13 or 15, 1944 (listed in the MR of July 16, 1944) and shipped back to England for recovery of shrapnel wounds to his leg. While in England he developed his affinity for Scotch whiskey and learned the Army barbering technique that his two boys wore until high school. He returned to combat in Germany and was honorably discharged from the Army in December of 1945.
He received the Purple Heart Medal for his wounds in France (Sainteny, Normandy) and the Bronze Star Medal for heroism while in Europe.

Upon returning from service, he went back to work at New Departure. On June 15, 1946, he married Helen Miaskowski. In 1965, with the merger of New Departure and Hyatt Bearings, Matt decided to stay with the company and so the family packed up and moved to Milan, Ohio. While in Milan, Matt was a great supporter of the Milan, and later Edison, Booster Clubs. In 1988 Matt and Helen moved to Huron for retirement. Matt was a member of the American Legion Post in Milan, the VFW, the Eagles Club in Huron, the Knights of Columbus in Norwalk and St. Peter Catholic Church in Huron. Matt was an avid golfer and was a treasurer for the Retirees Golf League at Thunderbird Hills. He embraced the Buckeye Spirit of the locals and became an OSU fan of all sports. At home, he enjoyed woodworking and making barn siding picture frames. He enjoyed traveling to visit relatives and especially South with the snowbirds so he could keep his golf game sharp.

Matthew "Matt" Chester Czaplicki, 91, of Huron, passed away on January 13, 2015, in Firelands Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, in 2012. They are buried at the Milan Cemetery, Milan, Erie County, Ohio.

Matthew is survived by his two sons, Bruce (Laurie) Czaplicki of Norwalk and Brian (Lois Boone) Czaplicki of Sandusky.

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