August V. Roznovsky

BRANCH OF SERVICE
U.S. Army Air Forces

HOMETOWN
Granger, TX

HONORED BY

ACTIVITY DURING WWII

STAFF SERGEANT. ENLISTED AT FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY MAY 6, 1939. TRAINED AS A SURGICAL TECHNICIAN, MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY 861. JOINED 2ND EMERGENCY RESCUE SQUADRON AT GULFPORT ARMY AIRFIELD, MISSISSIPPI AND REASSIGNED WITH SQUADRON TO EMERGENCY RESCUE SCHOOL, 2121ST ARMY AIR FORCES BASE UNIT, KEESLER ARMY AIR FIELD, MISSISSIPPI APRIL 1, 1944. ENTRAINED WITH SQUADRON GROUND ECHELON APRIL 15, 1944 FOR MOVEMENT TO CAMP STONEMAN, CALIFORNIA FOR OVERSEAS SHIPMENT. EMBARKED ON BOARD SS ROSEVILLE AT PORT OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA APRIL 30, 1944. ARRIVED AT MILNE BAY, NEW GUINEA MAY 26 AND NEXT AT ORO BAY, NEW GUINEA MAY 29, 1944 WHERE THE SQUADRON GROUND ECHELON DISEMBARKED. PROMOTED TO STAFF SERGEANT AND ASSIGNED TO A FLIGHT JULY 14, 1944. ASSIGNED DUTY AS IN-FLIGHT SURGICAL TECHNICIAN FLYING EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSIONS AT SEA FROM BASES IN NEW GUINEA. EXHIBITED EXCEPTIONAL COURAGE AND DEVOTION TO DUTY AS CREW MEMBER OF AN OV-10A CATALINA FLYING BOAT DISPATCHED TO SEARCH FOR SURVIVING CREW MEMBERS OF AN ARMY B-25 MITCHELL BOMBER REPORTED SHOT DOWN IN ENEMY TERRITORY ON APRIL 8, 1945. NOTIFIED BY SPOTTER AIRPLANES THAT A DINGHY HAD BEEN SIGHTED AT SEA NEAR TARAKAN AIRSTRIP, BORNEO, THE CATALINA FLEW TO THE AREA, WHERE ENEMY GROUND FORCES OPENED FIRE ON THE CATALINA AS IT PREPARED TO LAND TO RECOVER THE DOWNED SURVIVORS. THE FIRST ENEMY SALVO HIT THE CATALINA, ROCKING IT SEVERELY AND KNOCKING IT TEMPORARILY OUT OF CONTROL. A LARGE HOLE WAS BLOWN IN THE STARBOARD WING AND ANOTHER 40MM SHELL EXPLODED IN THE PORT MACHINE GUN BLISTER, SERIOUSLY INJURING HIM AND DAMAGING THE AIRCRAFT'S CONTROLS. FOLLOWING SOME VIOLENT EVASIVE ACTION, THE BADLY DAMAGED CATALINA LANDED ON THE WATER UNDER HEAVY ENEMY FIRE. AS THE SIX DOWNED AIRMEN WERE TAKEN ABOARD THE CATALINA, ANOTHER 40MM SHELL PASSED THROUGH THE AFT SECTION OF THE GUN STATION, JUST MISSING THE NAVIGATOR WHO WAS SUPERVISING THE BOARDING. YET ANOTHER 40MM SHELL EXPLODED ON THE TAIL ASSEMBLY, SEVERING THE ELEVATOR TRIM TAB AND DAMAGING THE VERTICAL STABILIZER. IN SPITE OF EXTENSIVE DAMAGE AND STILL UNDER HEAVY FIRE, THE HEAVILY LOADED AND BADLY DAMAGED CATALINA MANAGED TO TAKE OFF. ALTHOUGH BLEEDING FROM A SEVERE FACE WOUND, HE REMAINED AT HIS POST AND TOOK CHARGE OF ANOTHER INJURED CREWMAN AND TREATED THE RESCUED AIRMEN, BEFORE GIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE NAVIGATOR FOR ADMINISTERING FIRST AID TO HIMSELF. THE CRIPPLED CATALINA HEADED TO THE NEAREST FRIENDLY BASE WHERE THE WOUNDED CREWMEN AND THE CRASH SURVIVORS WERE TRANSFERRED TO WAITING AMBULANCES AND TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. THE CATALINA WAS A TOTAL LOSS, WHICH NEVER FLEW AGAIN AND NEITHER DID HE. FOLLOWING MEDICAL TREATMENT AND LOCAL HOSPITALIZATION, DEPARTED FROM LEYTE, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS ON JUNE 23, 1945 ABOARD U.S. ARMY TRANSPORT PUEBLA BOUND FOR ZONE OF THE INTERIOR. DISEMBARKED AT SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA AND ARRIVED AT THE ARMY CONVALESCENT CENTER, FORT LOGAN, COLORADO JULY 10, 1945. HONORABLY DISCHARGED AT FORT LOGAN, SEPTEMBER 30, 1945. AWARDED U.S. ARMY AIR FORCES AIRCREW WINGS, SILVER STAR, PURPLE HEART, AMERICAN DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, AMERICAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL, ASIATIC-PACIFIC CAMPAIGN MEDAL WITH TWO BRONZE SERVICE STARS FOR THE NEW GUINEA AND LEYTE CAMPAIGNS, WWII VICTORY MEDAL, DISTINGUISHED UNIT CITATION, PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION AND PHILIPPINE LIBERATION RIBBON WITH ONE BRONZE SERVICE STAR.