PFC Edward J. Ciazinski

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NAME:
Edward J. Ciazinski
NICKNAME:
Ed
SERVICE NUMBER:
294056
HOME OF RECORD:
Saginaw, MI
NEXT OF KIN:
Mother, Mrs. Mary Ciazinski
DATE OF BIRTH:
April 1, 1922
ENLISTED:
September 6, 1940
DATE OF DEATH:
October 7, 1942
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE FATE
Guadalcanal E/2/5 PFC KIA
CAUSE OF DEATH:
Gunshot wounds
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS:
Buried in the field
MEMORIAL:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.


Birth and Early Life:
Ed Ciazinski was was the son of Stephen and Mary Ciazinski He was born on 1 April 1922 and raised in Saginaw, Michigan; as a teenager, he was a starting guard for the Saginaw High Trojans football team.

Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Ciazinski enlisted on September 6, 1940, and was almost immediately on his way to Parris Island, South Carolina. After completing boot camp, he was retained by the recruit depot for several weeks before joining the First Marine Brigade in Cuba in December, 1940.

Service Prior to World War II:
On New Year’s Day, 1941, Private Ciazinski transferred to Headquarters Company, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines. Four months later he was sent to the regiment’s Company H; shortly thereafter he was reassigned to Company E. This would be his permanent berth; he was promoted to Private First Class and was on duty at New River, North Carolina when Pearl Harbor was attacked in December, 1941.

Wartime Service:
PFC Ciazinski spent the spring of 1942 training in North Carolina; he was rated a “specialist 6th class” – automatic rifleman – and carried a heavy Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) on field exercises, a perfect weapon for a former footballer. He would not get to use it in anger until August 7, when his battalion landed on the small island of Tulagi, off Guadalcanal. The Japanese garrison was eliminated within two days; Ciazinski spent the remainder of the month guarding the Tulagi beach before crossing Sealark Channel to Guadalcanal itself.

Ciazinski survived the famous battle for Bloody Ridge, and managed to evade Japanese bullets in the opening phases of the Second Battle of the Matanikau; dozens of others from his battalion were killed or wounded attempting to cross the shallow river on September 26. Further advances were halted for a short time; both sides sent out patrols, but were physically and mentally weakened by the stress of the campaign – the enlisted men seemed content to stay in their positions and keep the other side from advancing.

Date Of Loss:
October 7, 1942 saw the resumption of the Marine advance. Two battalions of the 5th Marines – Ciazinski’s among them – began driving towards the Matanikau River, forcing the Japanese defenders into a small pocket with their backs to the water. The isolated companies of the Japanese 4th Infantry Regiment put up a stubborn resistance, however, and caused a significant number of casualties.

One of those hit was PFC Ciazinski. The company’s muster roll for the month of October read in part:

ciazinski KIA

The “exact location” was never located after the war; in all likelihood, Ed Ciazinski still lies in what should have been a temporary grave on Guadalcanal.

Next Of Kin:
Mother, Mrs. Mary Ciazinski

Status Of Remains:
Buried on Guadalcanal

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.

One thought on “PFC Edward J. Ciazinski

  1. I believe I am related to Edward J.Ciazinski. my dad’s name is James Steven Ciazinski who served in the airforce and is from bay city -michigan.He meet my mom who’s born in Saginaw Michigan.All my family is littery from Saginaw michigan except me.

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