George Pilewski and Operation Avalanche

Eisenhower National Historic Site


Hospital Apprentice First Class George Pilewski gave his life saving others aboard the USS Savannah off the coast of Salerno, Italy, in September 1943. For his actions, he was posthumously awarded the prestigious Navy Cross, the second highest honor a Navy serviceman can receive. Join Ranger Dan Vermilya to discover more on George Pilewski’s heroic sacrifice during WWII.


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