Remembering Pvt. James Privoznik, 90th Division WWII

DSC_0291 Today we remember the ultimate sacrifice for his country, by Pvt. James Privoznik. Originally of the 90th Division, 790th Ordnance until 14 days before he was killed. Then he was moved into the 90th Division, 358th Infantry during the Battle of the Bulge.

James is buried in the Luxembourg American Cemetery. This photos is my father next to James’ grave.

James’ story is being written in a book that will be released in 2013. Please watch the Generations Blog for more details.

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  1. Mike

    Hi Jennifer, In reading a couple IDPF’s its the notes of the Mothers to the quartermasters looking for personal effects of their sons that just break my heart none more than reading James IDPF and his mothers multi year quest to get something to remember him by it really bothers me as a father a 4 sons to know that their mother gave birth to potential cannon fodder. But seeing the relationships of my baby grandsons have with their mothers how loving and attentive they are to their sons, and to imagine someday their Mothers would have to endure that pain is very painful to me, I was wondering how you as a woman and a mother feel when seeing these notes in the many IDPF files you look at in the course of doing your job?……Thank you …..Mike

    • HI Mike,

      Thanks for stopping by and reading.

      I have three boys and about four years ago I got the Burial File (WWI IDPF equivalent) for Michael Kokoska, who I wrote about in my book “Stories of the Lost” along with James. His file was about 40 pages long and I sat on my bed reading it and cried my eyes out. The letters from Michael’s parents asking, begging, pleading with the Army to bring his remains home were heartbreaking. I thought he was the only one in the family to serve but one of the letters his parents sent said they had four boys in the service but Michael was the only one to go overseas. I sat and thought how would I feel if I was her. And I cried some more.

      It is heartbreaking to read these IDPFs. I have dozens. It becomes more heartbreaking to dig deeper into the soldier stories and write it, talk about it when I lecture, and basically live it through the writing/speaking process. But, I truly feel these stories need to be told. No one talks about this and when I lecture people are surprised that the records and stories can be found/told and they are surprised at what the families endured. It’s easier to stay in our happy bubble and not think about these things.

      So, it isn’t easy and I hope my sons never have to go to war. I would love to see peace in our time.

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