In Memory of My Dad
"Seaman First Class Leon Urbanski"
In  Memory  

LST  577

166 Brave Young Sailors
and Soldiers
Who Gave Their Lives

11 February 1945


July 13, 1926 ~ January 1, 1950

St. Mary's Cemetary
Depue, Illinois
L. Urbanski Survived Sinking of LST 577 
11 February 1945

Enlisted February 11, 1944, Great Lakes, Illinois, Had additional training A.T.B. Camp Bradford, Virginia, aboard LST #577, Served Headquarters 11th Naval District.


Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign, Phillippine Liberation, American Area Campaign Medal, Purple Heart.

DISCHARGED:  May 23, 1946
I never had the priviledge of knowing my father.  He passed away on January 1, 1950 and I was born May 1, 1950.

I do know that he was loved and admired by all that knew him.  A proud World War II veteran of the United States Navy.  It weighed heavy on his heart to have been one of only a few that survived the sinking of the LST 577.  He was haunted by the memories of those 166 young lives lost in a far away place called Leyte. 

Dear Dad,

I never got to say hello or good-bye.  I never got to hug, or kiss you ,or have you hold me when I cried.  I never got to say how very proud I am of you and your service to our country. 

Growing up without you was very hard and sad.  All I had were stories told about you, and those memories I tucked away in my heart. 

Though I could not see or touch you, I felt you were always near.  I feel you have walked by my side, holding my hand, and helped to guide my life through the years.  

I have never forgotten you Dad !  I'm here today ..... to pay tribute to your memory.  I can't visit your grave it's too far away.  But one day I'll see you, I wait for that day.

I hope you can see me and all that I do.  I hope you are pleased and proud with the life that I choose.   I don't think we're so far apart,  for you are in my mind and your name is etched in my heart.  

I hope you will recognize me, smile and greet me when I say, "Daddy I'm Home."

Your Daughter

S1/c Leon Urbanski ~ USN  ~ WWII  1944 ~ 1946

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