October 25 – Happy Birthday Sergeant Mike Makarowsky

Makar.PhotoAmsterdam’s Company G shipped out of Pearl Harbor on June 5, 1944 as part of a US invasion force being sent to liberate the island of Saipan from the Japanese. The Japanese Army was not ready to leave their foothold in the Mariana’s and fought fiercely to almost the last man defending it. On June 21, 1944 Sergeant Makarowsky’s platoon had been pinned down by enemy fire while advancing through a field of sugar cane. When one of the soldiers in his platoon was wounded and left lying in the open field of fire, Makarowsky and another of his men grabbed a stretcher from an abandoned ambulance and went and got him. They brought him back to the ambulance, which was under intense fire by the Japanese, and when Makarowsky’s efforts to start the vehicle were unsuccessful, he carried the wounded man to safety. He would be awarded a Silver Star for his heroic action that day. Unfortunately, he would not be alive to receive it…

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam hero from Company G in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

 

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