Reviewing a Lifetime
(A Psychotherapist's Nightmare)
by John D. Sedory

Copyright©2013, 2015 by Daniel B. Sedory, Editor. All Rights Reserved.

Appendix D

Notes on
US Army Veteran:

Philip A. Sedory
(Author's Brother)


The author's parents received this telegram the first week of October, 1944:


  

Berwyn Life, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1944

SGT. SEDORY IN 5TH ARMY IS MISSING

  Mr. and Mrs. John Sedory, 3146 Austin blvd.[1], learned through a war department telegram received recently that their son, S/Sgt. Philip Sedory, a member of the Fifth Army in Italy, has been missing in action since September 18. S/Sgt. Sedory has been serving overseas since April, 1943, and saw action in Sicily before entering the Italian campaign.
  A former employee of the Sears Roebuck Co. in Chicago, Sedory was educated at the Haley School and MacArthur Grammar School. He graduated from Morton High School. He and his brothers, John, who is a R.DM. 3/c in the Navy in the Pacific, and Edward, who is employed at Western Electric and his sisters, Marie and Dorothy, have grown up in this community.
  After entering service on December 9, 1942, Sedory trained at Camp Wolters, Tex. His parents have never seen him in uniform, as he left for overseas without having a furlough. His destination was North Africa, where he was in Tunisia, and Algiers before participating in the invasion of Sicily. He was hospitalized with a case of frozen feet following the Sicilian campaign[2], and then entered combat in Italy.

[Thanks to staff of the Berwyn Public Library, who were very helpful in ascertaining this article came from Berwyn Life, and providing the November 3rd, 1944, date.]

 

See Appendix D-1 for Phil's account of his time as a POW in Stalag 7A during WWII.


 

SGT. SEDORY
Back Home
on a Horse!

Here we see Phil posing on a horse at some stable in the USA. We can clearly see his rank as Staff Sargent on his arm, so this had to have been taken some time after his return from overseas.

On back it simply states: "July, 1945." VE Day was May 8, 1945, so this photo was probably taken at some Army fort where Phil was waiting to know if he'd be reassigned or released from the Army; it would have taken some time for American prisoners in Germany to be transported back to the US, but VJ Day wasn't until August 14, 1945.

  
 

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Appendix D-1

Footnotes

1[Return to Text]  Some time after our author sailed off on the USS Crouter, his parents moved from Stickney to 3146 Austin Blvd. in Cicero. However, some time after John and Phil returned from overseas, and both Ed and then John (and their new wives) had temporarily lived there, they finally moved back to their home at 4109 S. Highland in Stickney. The family did not leave that home permanently until John, Sr. & Mary and Dorothy, moved to another home in Riverside, IL in 1962.

2[Return to Text]  Although Sicily is in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, just like on the big island of Hawaii, it can get very cold above certain elevations on Mount Etna (see here for a beautiful snow-covered view). So it must have been somewhere up the sides of Mount Etna that Phil got his feet frozen.