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John Barkowski is pictured in full “Frogman” attire while on the USS Balduck in the Pacific during his service with the United States Navy during World War II. He resides at Evergreen Senior Living. Photo submitted
John Barkowski became a member of the United States Navy when he was 18, during World War II, saying, “I had to get in line with the rest of the guys.” He’s is pictured here at Naval Station Great Lakes. Photo submitted
Now 93, Barkowski is regularly seen sporting one of four U.S. Navy-themed hats at Evergreen Senior Living in Orland Park, where he lives. Barkowski is one of two remaining Underwater Demolition Team 23 Navy veterans. Amanda Del Buono/22nd Century Media
Amanda Del Buono, Freelance Reporter
4:38 am CDT August 7, 2019
In the early- to mid-1940s, military service was a part of life for America’s young men. As the Second World War was waged, it was their duty to serve their country. “I had to get in line with the rest of the guys,” said John Barkowski, a United States Navy “Frogman” ...