October 4, 1919 (Norwalk, CT) – January 21, 1945; 25 years old
Last local address: 13 Lexington Avenue, South Norwalk
Enlisted on October 9, 1941
Service number: 31052585
6TH INFANTRY DIVISION, 63RD INFANTRY REGIMENT
Died at Luzon, Philippines.
From The Norwalk Hour November 28, 1945
The assembly program presented yesterday morning at Benjamin Franklin Junior High School had as its theme, the dedication of the week of November 27 – December 4, to the memory of PFC John D. Soltesz, who died in action on Luzon on January 21 of this year. Private First Class Soltesz was born on October 4, 1919 and attended Franklin Junior High School from 1932 to 1934. He entered the service on October 9, 1941 and received his basic training at Camp Wheeler, Georgia. As a member of the 63rd Infantry, 6th Division, he fought in New Guinea before taking part in the invasion of the Philippines. He held the Purple Heart Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Private Soltesz’ remains were repatriated from the Philippines in 1948 and buried at Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, New York, Section H, Grave 9365. Photo by webmaster.