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In memory of Alicja Altenberger (1945 - 2005)

Alicja Altenberger, Founding Vice President of the American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point; Vice President of the Polish American Congress of Eastern Massachusetts; National Director of the Polish American Congress; alumna of the University of Warsaw, Poland, Research Librarian, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Polonia advocate and promoter of polskosc (Polishness) in America; dear friend.

In memory of Francis Casimir Kajencki (1918 - 2008)

Francis Casimir Kajencki, Founding Honorary Board Member of the American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point; scholar, military officer, historian, and author; alumnus of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1943, and alumnus of the University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, and George Mason University; Colonel and Assistant Chief of Information, Department of the Army until 1973; defender of polskosc in America; founder of Southwest Polonia Press in El Paso, Texas; and author of:

  • American Betrayal (Copyright 2007)
  • The Pulaski Legion in the American Revolution (Copyright 2004)
  • Discordant Trumpet. (Copyright 2003)
  • Casimir Pulaski (Copyright 2001)
  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko (Copyright 1998)
  • Across the Generations (Copyright 1994)
  • Poles in the 19th Century Southwest (Copyright 1990)
  • Uncle Billy's War (Copyright 1989)
  • Star on Many a Battlefield (Copyright 1980)
In memory of Harvey Hubbell, IV (1929 - 2010)

Harvey Hubbell, IV, Founding Honorary Board Member of the American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point; industrialist, and philanthropist; alumnus of the Eastman National Business College and Babson Institute; 1st Lieutenant United States Marine Corps during the Korean War; historian; President of the Hubbell (Family History) Center of Des Moines, Iowa; member of the Kosciuszko Squadron Commemorative Committee of the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT; hot air balloonist who created and funded the internationally-acclaimed "Mission Kosciuszko: For Your Freedom and Ours" hot air balloon - which he piloted in the United States and in Poland - and related film project; friend of Polonia; and friend of Poland.

In memory of Genia S. Golda-Tokar (1939 - 2012)

Genia S. Golda-Tokar, Founding Vice President of the American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point; Secretary-President, Lodge 30 of the Polish National Alliance; President, Polish American Youth Association; active in Polish American Folk Dance Company and Young Adults of Saint Stanislaus Church (Manhattan); promoter of polskosc in America.

In memory of George A. Katucki (1927 - 2015)

George A. Katucki, Founding Vice President and then Executive Vice President of the American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point; retired Manager of Environmemtal Engineering at Thomas J. Lipton Engineering; United States Army veteran with service in the Quartermaster Corps, Pacific General Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan; President of the Polish American Cultural Association of Rockland County, NY; promoter of polskosc in America.  

In memory of Michael Alfred Peszke, M.D. (1932 - 2015)

Michael Alfred Peszke, M.D., Founding Vice President of the American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point; alumnus of Trinity College, Dublin; Professor Emeritus of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine; Member Emeritus of the American College of Psychiatrists; Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; Founding Member of the Polish Studies Program at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain; Member of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America; military historian; defender of polskosc in America; dear friend; and author of:

  • The Armed Forces of Poland in the West 1939-1946 (Copyright 2014)
  • The Polish Underground Army, the Western Allies, and the Failure of Strategic Unity in World War II (Copyright 2009)
  • Poland's Navy, 1918-1945 (Copyright 1999) 
  • "Poland's Armed Forces 1918-Present," Oxford University Bibliographies in Military History, (Forthcoming)
  • "Poland's Military in World War II," Chapter 46, Volume I, A Companion to World War II, Weiler and DuBois (eds.) (Copyright 2013)
  • "The British-Polish Agreement of August 1940: Its Antecedents, Significance and Consequences," Journal of Slavic Military Studies, No. 24, 2011, pp. 648-658
  • "The Demise of the Polish Armed Forces in the West, 1945-1947," The Polish Review, Volume LV, No. 2, 2010, pp. 231-239
In memory of Edward J. Kaplita (1925 - 2015)

Edward J. Kaplita, Honorary Board Member of the American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point; World War II veteran of the United States Navy; loyal member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans USA, Western Massachusetts Post 193; patron of the Kosciuszko Squadron of West Point; benefactor of Polonia organizations; promoter of polskosc in America.

In memory of Casimira S. Kostecki (1942 - 2016)

Casimira S. Kostecki, Founding website creator and Vice President of the American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point; as a singer and violinist, she had been a student member of both the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Instrumental Ensemble at Hunter Collge and member of the Jutrzenka Singing Society #226 of the Polish Singers Allance of America; later PSAA Vice President of District 7 and PSAA Vice President of the Central Administration when it was located in New York City; organizer of "C.O.P.E.", a disaster emergency program for her community in Half Moon Bay, California; promoter of polskosc in America.