Tec5. Walter P. Kwasniewski   


Mil# 31102390

Enlisted: 19 March 1942, Hartford, CT

 C/HQ. Company 643rd TD BN.








Born: 21 May 1919     Place:  Naugatuck, CT

Died:  23 February 2012      Place:  Waterbury, CT

Burial place: St. James Cemetery, Naugatuck, CT


Daughter:  Nadine (Mahan)


Father: Leopold Kwasniewski   Mother: Klementyna (Gruszkowski)

Brothers: Anthony, Raymond, Chester, Frank, Leonard, George and Kazmer

Sisters: Mary, Rita, Teresa, Alfreda and Elizabeth





American Campaign Medal



European African Middle Eastern Service Medal

Battle Stars"Ardennes-Rhineland-Central Europe"






Walter P. Kwasniewski was born on May 21, 1919, in Naugatuck, Connecticut.  He was the son of Leopold Kwasniewski and Klementyna Gruszkowski and attended St. Hedwig School in Naugatuck.  After leaving school, he worked at the family's business, the School Street Market.Walter entered the service on March 19, 1942, at Hartford, CT.  He was assigned to the 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion and spent time in both "C" and Headquarters Companies.  Walter left the service at the rank of Technician 4th Grade.

When Walter got back to the U.S., he took over the family business and the making of the market's famous kielbasa from his father.  He also worked for the footwear division of Uniroyal in the production of Keds sneakers. He also drove large fuel oil tankers for Thurston's Fuel Company.  He had also worked in the deli department of Pathmark Grocery Store in Waterbury and he retired as Deli Manager from Southbury Food Market in Southbury.  Walter had one daughter, Nadine.


Walter with Parents

Email/Newspaper Articles received from Ray Tamowski (Nephew)

Hi Ben,

Walt was my uncle. He was a gentleman and a great guy. He was proud of his service with the 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion. He didn't talk much about his Army experiences until later in his life. He and all the members of the Greatest Generation need to be honored and remembered. What information do you want to have about Walt? Do you need any pictures of him? I have pictures of him from his army days and civilian life. I added his name and a picture to another Tank Destroyer website, but later learned the site was discontinued. Sorry it took so long to reply to you. I was away for 11 days, and just checked my email today.

It was nice to hear from you.




Naugatuck Daily News March 4th, 1944


Newspaper article about discharge Walter and Peter Brastaukas

Kwasniewski brothers Discharged

Frank Kwasniewski

George Kwasniewski


Newspaper article about Cpl. Evancha also habitant of Naugatuck