George J. Siejwa

George J. Siejwa, 76, of Elizabethtown, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at his home after a courageous seven-month fight against metastatic kidney cancer.

He was a native of Lwow, Poland. Born during the Holocaust, he became a war orphan and refugee at the young age of five. He was sent to various refugee camps around the world, eventually being blessed to arrive in America, where he was raised in a Catholic Orphanage in Pittsburgh. He is the author of a book, Courage to Live On My Journey to Freedom, which details the events of his life story and of what he, his mother, his father and millions of other innocent victims went through during the events of World War II and the Holocaust. The book also shares countless events from his life and U.S. Army career; all of which display his courage on his ultimate journey to freedom. His book is a legacy to his family, a priceless gift that will always be treasured.

He is a retired master sergeant with 20 years of military service with the Army. He was a member of the Special Forces and served in the Vietnam War as well as overseas tours in Germany and Korea. His military awards include the Parachutist Badge, numerous Good Conduct Medals; Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Two Meritorious Service Medals; Overseas Bars; Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanislaw and Jadwiga Siejwa; and a sister, Grace Bodnar.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Ruby Burks Siejwa; a daughter, Michele Siejwa Swiney; a son-in-law, David Swiney; and his two precious granddaughters, Brittany and Kristen Swiney. all of Elizabethtown.

A celebration of his life is 1 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with Bro. Doug Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens with full military honors.

Visitation is 1:30 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and after 10 a.m. on Monday.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hosparus of Central Kentucky.

Funeral Home

Brown Funeral Home
306 College Street Elizabethtown, KY 42701
(270) 765-2737
Published in The News-Enterprise on July 2, 2013