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War: World War II|
Branch: U.S. Army
Highest Rank: Private
Birth Year: November 27, 1922
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan
Citations/Medals: Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry, European Medal, World War II Victory Medal and two Bronze Stars
Teofil Golec was born on November 27, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in Eastpointe, Michigan, where he completed his (technical) education through high school. Upon graduation, Teofil went to work as a tool and dye maker. Because he was in an essential industry he was given a deferment from military service.|
After one year, the Services were short handed and Teofil was drafted into the infantry. Shortly after his basic training, he was sent to England and soon after landed in Normandy, France.
As a machine gunner, he was in several battles for small towns in france. After only three weeks, Teofil was captured and sent to Germany. As a P.O.W. he was forced into hard labor. Teofil said that if they refused work, the Germans would send their dogs into the camp. Patton's army liberated the camp in April of 1945.
Returning to his civilian life, Teofil worked as a took and dye maker. He married his high school sweetheart. His wife died after 64 years of married life. The Golec's had three children. He now lives alone in Eastpointe and has frequent help and visits from his children.
Teofil Golec was awarded the following: Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, European Campaign Medal and two Bronze Stars.