His father, born 3 February 1891, served in the U.S. Army, a Corporal, # 1135455, 312th Infantry Regiment, Co. K, in France during WWI and returned from Bordeaux, France, and arrived Brooklyn, New York, on 24 May 1919. He died on 4 October 1949 and is buried in the Saint Marys Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Texas.


His uncle, Emanuel Louis Pyka, born 26 March 1889, served in the U.S. Army, a Private, Medical Corps, General Hospital 6, during WWI. He died 4 September 1969 and is buried in the Saint Anthonys Cemetery, Hereford, Deaf Smith Co., Texas.

James M. Pyka (upon enlisting)

ABRAMS, STANLEY Z., First Lieutenant, # 0-675977, USAAF


Stanley Z. Abrams was born in 1922 In New York to Herman David Abrams (1886-1967) and Etta (Eisler) Abrams (1887-1972) (NY) (married 13 September 1916, Los Angeles, CA). Sibling was Paul Lewis Abrams (1919-2002). He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman by his mother.


He enlisted in the USAAF in Los Angeles, California, on 10 April 1942. He was trained in the dual roles of navigator and bombardier on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 19 June 1945 a B-25D-36NC, # 43-3663, assigned to 14th Air Force, 10th Weather Group, 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, at Chengtu, China, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a flight to Hsian, China. Last contact was by radio at about 0245 Zulu near Hunchung with Tower Operators Sgt John A. Stekel, 13273411, Cpl Arthur L. Kahn, 32507551, and Cpl Larence M. Epstein, 32877589. The location was east of Kwangyuan, China near a mountain and north-northeast of Langchung, China. Search was led by 1stLt Harold B. Terhune, 0-815783, Flight Leader of Flight ā€œCā€, 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadrom (Medium) and the Air Rescue and Chinese Rescue teams were alerted. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in he Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.


His brother, Paul L. Abrams, born 23 June 1919, served in the U.S. Army from 5 May 1944 to 11 January 1946. He died 6 June 2002 and is buried in the Los Osos Valley Memorial Park, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo Co., California.