An article about Grandfather Edward Gekosky in WWII South Pacific [Mount Carmel newspaper]
Kulpmont Sergeant Twice Decorated As Able Killer Of Japs Sergeant Edward J. Gekosky, son of Mrs. Stella Gekosky, 963 Scott street, Kulpmont, today held a Bronze Star Medal "for meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy at Bougainville, Solomon Islands," March 11, 1914, with an Infantry unit of the U. S. Army. "During the battle of Hill 260," reads the citation just received by the soldier's mother, "Sergeant Gekosky (tnen Private), distinguished himself as a rifleman and assistant squad leader in his platoon. By his accurate fire. Sergeant Gekosky helped neutralize an enemy pillbcx, killing one enemy soldier. Later, when his squad leader was killed. Sergeant Gekosky immediately took command of the squad and performed his duties efficiently. It was often necessary for Sergeant Gekosky to expose himself to direct enemy fire. When one of his men was wounded in crawling to another position, Sergeant Gekosky, without regard for his own personal safety, crawled to the wounded man and dragged him to safety." Subsequently decorated for meritorious achievement in the same theater of operations, he was awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster with the following citation: "During an attack against enemy positions in the vicinity of the Laruma Road Block, Sergeant Gekosky, a squad leader, displayed outstanding leadership by leading his squad into positions whiles un der enemy fire. When the enemy attempted to reinforce their forces. Sergeant Gekosky immediately opened fire and killed their leader. He then directed the fire on , the remaining enemy troops, killing one and dispersing the others. This quick action on the part of Sergeant Gekosky prevented the enemy from reinforcing their positions thereby contributing greatly to the success of the operation."