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., 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.
[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.
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.