Scranton in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Msgt Walter A. Pasiak
The last known survivor in Lackawanna County of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. Water served 22 years in the Army. Enlisting at 19, he was on guard duty on the day of infamy and fired some of the first shots of World War II in defense of America at the attacking planes.
Walter served with distinction throughout World War II earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
During the Korean War, Walter was awarded a Silver Star for his bravery and valor. Walter served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged and became the operations director at Goodwill Industries in Scranton.
He met the love of his life, Patricia Matsudo, during his time in postwar Japan. They married and were together for fifty years.
They are together again for eternity.
Erected 2021 by 9/11 Memorial Committee of Lackawanna County and Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, Korean • War, Vietnam • War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is December 7, 1941.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 419 Breck Street, Scranton PA 18505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John F. Kennedy (approx. half a mile away); Capt. James P. Cawley, U.S.M.C. (approx. half a mile away); Founding Members of St. Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Baker Colliery Mine Tunnels (approx. 0.7 miles away); Baker Colliery (approx. ¾ mile away); Scranton (approx. ¾ mile away); Gualdo Tadino Citizens Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Prime Bishop Franciszek Hodur (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scranton.
Also see . . .
1. Master Sgt. Walter A. Pasiak, U.S. Army (Ret.) Obituary (2021). (Submitted on October 25, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. World War II, Pearl Harbor veteran honored with street sign in Scranton (2021). (Submitted on October 25, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 132 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 25, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.