Paul Pastusic, of Mildred, Pennsylvania, joined the US Army during the Second World War. He served as a sergeant in the 1st Infantry Division (famously nicknamed “The Big Red One”). His time in the service took him across the world to various locales including France and North Africa. After Hitler’s surrender in 1945, Pastusic returned to the United States, one of only nine men from his original company. His merits include a Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Badge, and the Distinguished Unit Badge. He continued his life as a coal miner, eventually marrying and having three children.