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Joseph Dabrowski, 81, of Buffalo Avenue, who fought with Polish forces during World War II, died Sunday (Oct. 20, 1996) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a long illness.

Born Jozef Dabrowski in Wilozna Poznan, Poland, he moved to Niagara Falls in 1946 and became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He took part in the Polish army campaign in September 1939 and then was deported to Russia from 1940 to 1941.

Dabrowski served with Polish land forces in Russia from September 1941 to March 1942 and with Polish forces under British command from April 1942 to December 1946. He took part in Italian operations from February through December 1944. He received military decorations from the Polish and British governments.

Dabrowski, formerly of Mackenna Avenue, was a jitney operator for Union Carbide Corp. for more than 30 years, retiring in 1980. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Post 169, Polish Army Veterans Association, in North Tonawanda.

Survivors include his wife, the former Janina Wiatrowska, and a sister, Weronika Zielinski of St. Catharines, Ont.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Trinity Church, 1419 Falls St., after prayers at 9 in Zajac Funeral Home, 319 24th [bldwn]

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