Steven H. Opalenik

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NAME:
Steven Henry Opalenik
NICKNAME:
“Steve Brody”
SERVICE NUMBER:
390460 (enlisted)
0-39507 (commissioned)
HOME OF RECORD:
South Hadley, MA
NEXT OF KIN:
Mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Opalenik
DATE OF BIRTH:
8/11/1916
SERVICE DATES:
5/19/1942 – 2/22/1945
DATE OF DEATH:
2/22/1945
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE RESULT
Roi-Namur L/3/24 651 Sergeant  
Saipan L/3/24 651 Sergeant WIA
Tinian In Hospital  
Iwo Jima HQ/1/24 1542 Second Lieutenant
(Asst. 81mm Platoon)
KIA
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
Purple Heart with Gold Star
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Second Lieutenant

Biography coming soon.

Before the war, Opalenik worked the professional circuit as Steve Brody, a tough “heel” wrestler who became a champion junior heavyweight.