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Staff Sergeant 

Victor Joe Hyduke

 

Basic Information

Name
Victor Joe Hyduke
Birth
16 March 1918
Ray, Pinal, Arizona, USA
Death
24 Sep 2002
Chandler, Maricopa, Arizona, USA
Time In Service
From: 14 Jan 1941
To: 18 Jun 1945

Affiliation

Allegiance
United States of America
Branch of Service
Army
Rank
Staff Sergeant
Unit(s)
158th Infantry, Arizona Bushmasters
Specialty
Infantry
Current Status
Veteran/Prior Service - Now Deceased

Service Record

War
World War II
Battle(s)
New Guinea

Victor in the U.S. Army

Victor Hyduke -- Looks like this was taken before he shipped off to New Guinea during WWII.
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jvrbarnett added this on 31 Jul 2012

Victor in Abilene

Victor Hyduke at Ft. Sill before going to New Guinea during WWII. He is a Private in this photo.
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jvrbarnett added this on 20 Nov 2012

Victor Hyduke in WWII

Photo of my father, Victor Hyduke, while he served in the Army during WWII. The photo may have been taken in Arizona or in Abilene, TX, where he trained.
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jvrbarnett added this on 27 Nov 2012

Military Photo - Victor Hyduke

Picture of Victor in his Army uniform. Probably taken in 1940 or 1941.
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jvrbarnett added this on 19 Jul 2012

Victor in Panama

Victor Hyduke in Panama (warfare training center) on way to New Guinea. Victor is wearing helmet; person to the right is Ray Ellis according to the information on the back of the photo.
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jvrbarnett added this on 20 Nov 2012

WWII New Guinea

This was among my father's pictures. I believe they were clearing the way for soldiers in New Guinea during WWII.
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jvrbarnett added this on 7 Nov 2012

WWII Letter

This is a letter from Victor Hyduke to his sister Olga Hyduke Belsher. The letter was dated 1/15/44 and Victor was wounded on 5/27/44.
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jvrbarnett added this on 20 Sep 2012

Victor Critical Condition

Victor Hyduke in center. Critically wounded in Sarmi, New Guinea. Back of photo: "Sarmi, New Guinea 153 Evac. Hospital. Wally, Victor" My dad was very lucky to even have survived. It isn't very clear in the photo, but his chest is entirely covered in bandages. The bullet missed his heart by about 1/2". He lost one lung and some ribs. He had a metal plate in his side. I don't know how he was standing on his own. It was only about one month after being wounded. Once he was shipped back to the United states, he spent one year in Fitzsimmons Hospital and then another 3-4 months at a California Hospital.
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jvrbarnett added this on 20 Nov 2012

Victor Wounded

Newspaper article listing my father as wounded - southwest Pacific area.
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jvrbarnett added this on 20 Nov 2012

Bushmasters - 158th Infantry

Photo of Arizona Bushmasters taken during WWII. My father, Victor Hyduke, was a Staff Sergeant in the 158th Infantry.
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jvrbarnett added this on 20 Nov 2012

CO I, 158th Infantry

Handwritten note of Company I, 158th Infantry; Arizona Bushmasters. According to what has been written about the Bushmasters, they were a very tough group of fighting men. List may have been created in New Guinea.
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jvrbarnett added this on 20 Nov 2012

Victor Hyduke Wounded in WWII

This is a copy from the newspaper. Initially, Victor Hyduke was reported as missing in action. Later, it was discovered that he was seriously wounded on May 27 in Sarmi, New Guinea.
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jvrbarnett added this on 20 Sep 2012

New Guinea Conflict

Victor served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a Staff Sergeant serving with the Arizona Bushmasters, 158th Infantry. Victor was caught in a crossfire in a battle in New Guinea. He suffered a serious chest wound and was sent to Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, Colorado where he remained for 12 months. He was then sent to Birmingham General Hospital in Van Nuys, CA, where he was later discharged in June 1945.
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jvrbarnett added this on 13 Jun 2011

Victor at Fitzsimmons Hospital

Back of photo reads: "Wibright, Victor Hyduke, Habas; Fitzsimmons General Hospital." Although still very thin, my father (Victor) looked much better in this photo than in others. He is the one in the middle.
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jvrbarnett added this on 20 Nov 2012

Victor's Service Ribbons

Letter from Army listing ribbons/medals for which victor was eligible.
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jvrbarnett added this on 20 Nov 2012

Victor Hyduke Memorial

Victor's memorial following his death in 2002.
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jvrbarnett added this on 19 Jul 2012
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