Who can help?
In the meantime, and for general viewing, the message I had written for him:
I was pleasantly surprised by your site!
I would like to draw your attention on the following book:
'Blekitna armia: w 80 rocznice utworzenia', by Dariusz Radziwillowicz
The book was published in 1997 on behalf of the Polish Ministry of Defence
(Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowego, departament spoleczno-wychowawczy, oddz.
It's ISBN number is 83-86268-69-7
I bought it for 25 zloty's in Lodz, Poland, from the Army Bookshop.
Have a look at http://ksiegarnia.bellona.pl for their main source of
My wife's great-grandfather Witold KUS came to Ellis Island in 1913. He was
an active fighter for Polish Independence who had escaped from Russian
emprisonment/banishment. He went to his sister in Cleveland, OH and it would
appear he later went to Cheswick, PA (that's the address he gave in his army
enlistment records, of which I've got a copy). In that period he was an
activist for the Polish K.O.N. organization in Pittsburgh.
He saw action in France and later in the Ukraine, he was decommissioned in
1920. He never became US citizen and returned to Poland after having been
Because he died in a concentration camp during WW II, no records of anything
were kept at home. I managed to establish from letters of his at the State
Archives in Poland, though, that he was in possession of the following
1) Medal Sokolstwa Polonia w Ameryce (za tworzenie Armji Polskiej tamze)
2) Krzyz za udzial w walkach na Ukrainie w Armi Gen. Hallera
3a) French medal for having served on the Western front in Haller's Army
3b) French medal for having served in the Great War under Gen. Haller
In the 1930's he was awarded the Independence Cross with Swords, one of
Poland's highest military decorations, for his activities as an Independence
Fighter before the First World War.
I would appreciate any further information on these decorations, what they
looked like etc. Also I am not quite sure where he actually fought:
is there any way, any where of finding out? Would the French Army Archives
The following ship manifests provide listings of returning Haller's Army
soldiers to the US in the 1920s.
When viewing, scroll right to the manifest record.
Haller's Army Index
Pittsburgh PA had a large pre-WW I Polish immigrant population.
Cheswick was also in Allegeheny Co PA.