Carl J. Bartosh

Eau Claire Marine Cited for Bravery in Night Flight

Ten Marine aviation officers and eight enlisted men, who distinguished themselves in the successful air battle against the Japanese in the South Pacific, have received letters of commendation, it has been announced by Marine Corps.

Among the officers was First Lieutenant Walter R. Bartosh, 22, then a Second Lieutenant, who was cited for volunteering for a night search for Jap warships under unfavorable conditions.

The citation given Bartosh read: "For meritorious devotion to duty under adverse circumstances while conducting an aerial night search in the Solomon Islands area on October 19, 1942. Lieutenant Bartosh volunteered to make the important night search under very unfavorable weather conditions in order to verify reports of enemy sub activity. His successful completion of the mission determined that no enemy ships were in the area and furnished new and valuable information. During the flight, he located and bombed an enemy anti-aircraft position. His courageous conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of naval service.''

Lieutenant Bartosh is the son of Richard Bartosh, 2819 Sornona Park, Eau Claire.  His brother, Carl J., is serving somewhere overseas with the Marines Air Service. His sister, Richardis, is in WAAC training camp at Fort Des Moines, IA.

Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

The Bartosh family operated the Bartosh Cleaners and Fur Storage business on Hastings Way.