Two vets to be honored at Memorial Day Parade
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Michael Tasik
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Two WWII Veterans, Paul Plack and Michael Tasik, will be recognized on Sunday, May 27, at a ceremony following the Maspeth Memorial Day Parade. The ceremony will take place at Maspeth Veterans Square, 69th Street and Grand Avenue, at 2 p.m.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Grand Avenue and 72nd Street.

Plack’s life begins on Perry Avenue in Maspeth, where his parents instilled in him a strong sense of family, religion, and American values. He attended P.S. 73 and Newtown High School, leaving in his junior year at the age of 17 to join the Navy.

As a petty officer on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Tarawa, Plack serves as a plane captain, where his responsibility is to maintain the aircraft. He remains aboard the carrier until his enlistment ends in March of 1949. His service medals include W.W. II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, Navy Occupation Service Ribbon, China Service Ribbon, and Good Conduct Ribbon.

Upon returning to Maspeth, he married wife Millie and raised four daughters, Ruth, Jean, Margaret, and Ann. Years after Millie’s passing, Paul marries wife Joan. They still reside in Maspeth.

Tasik was born in Greenpoint. One of five children, he resided in Maspeth and attended Grover Cleveland High School, entering the Army in 1943. Upon completion of his training, Michael was sent to serve as part of the Army Air Corps in Iceland. Eight months later, he was training on the beaches of England in preparation for the D-Day invasion.

His next assignment was with the 72nd Battalion as part of the Publicity and Psychological Warfare troop. Michael landed on Omaha Beach in June of 1944. After recovering from his wounds in the Battle of Saint Lo, he was transferred to the 3rd Army in the service of General George S. Patton.

Tasik assisted in the rescue of prisoners from the Bukenval Concentration Camp and the capture of the Bridge at Remagen, Germany. He also participated in the liberation of Paris, which signified the end of World War II. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Army in December of 1945.

Tasik married his longtime sweetheart Martina Farrell in January of 1946. They raised two children together. After working over 50 years in the construction business, he is enjoying his retirement with family and friends.

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