Francis John Mark Poltrack

Oct 04, 1919 – Sep 17, 1944

Ed, Tony and Fran

Edward, Anthony and Francis Poltrack with their father – 1920s

Fran

Barefoot Francis Poltrack

Ed, Fran and Tony

Ed, Fran and Tony would harmonize on Gene Autry and Cab Calloway tunes. “You are my Sunshine” remains as the family’s official anthem.

Fran in dress blues

Fran with Priest at Holy Name of Jesus R.C. Church in Stamford, CT.

Three Brothers WWII

“Three Poltrack Boys doing their bit for Uncle Sam” was the caption in the Stamford Advocate. Ed Poltrack (Army Air Corps), Anthony Poltrack (Army Signal Corps) and Francis Poltrack (Marine Corps).

South Pacific Reunion

This is the iconic photos that all of us remember seeing at my Grandmother’s foyer in Stamford, CT. A WWII South Pacific reunion of Joe Kowaleski (left), Francis Poltrack (center) and Ed Poltrack (right). Ed managed to get permission to pilot his B-25 to another island to see his brother in November of 1943. It was the last time he saw him alive. Francis was killed in September of 1944.

Biography

Our Marine. Francis was the writer in the family. Wrote beautiful poems and prose. His letters home were clever, witty, fun to read even when covering the more serious aspects of the war (WWII). Published in WWII volume. Stationed in South Pacific and first to sing “Sweet Leilani” to infant Marcia, who later used Leilani as her daughter’s middle name as she, too, ended up in the South Pacific in Hawaii. Frankie also wrote a song to cousin Charlene, “Charlene, My Queen…” Hospitalized with pleurisy for six months or more while in Australia. Had a love, who gave him up due to family pressure and their fear of family lung history. Remained friends, particularly with Helen Romako. This gal’s brother was Phil Jones, who taught dance in New Canaan and was very widely known for his talents of dance and coreography. Frankie died of a gun shot to his neck as he turned in the U-boat (trying to land) in Peleliu, in the Palau Islands, and was buried at sea from the hospital ship, “Solace”. He was in the Fleet Marine Force, 1st Division. He was a marine to the core and never gave out much information regarding whereabouts during WWII. He did tell his brother, Ed, with whom he rondevoused in the South Pacific (along with cousin Joseph Kowaleski) that he had seen the “Bob Hope USO Show”. At that time, the show was in northern New Guinea and Ed was in southern New Guinea.
Lillian thinks of the news coming by telegram of his death as one of the worst times in her life. Our Marine. Francis was the writer in the family. Wrote beautiful poems and prose. His letters home were clever, witty, fun to read even when covering the more serious aspects of the war (WWII). Published in WWII volume. Stationed in South Pacific and first to sing “Sweet Leilani” to infant Marcia, who later used Leilani as her daughter’s middle name as she, too, ended up in the South Pacific in Hawaii. Frankie also wrote a song to niece Charlene, “Charlene, My Queen…” Hospitalized with pleurisy for six months at age of 18. Had Australian galfriend, who gave him up due to family pressure and their fear of family lung history. Her family remained friends, particularly with Helene Romako. Had a local Stamford love, Audrey Jones, who’s brother was Phil Jones, who taught dance in New Canaan and was very widely known for his talents of dance and coreography at New Canaan and Stamford musicals. Frankie died of a gun shot to his neck as he turned in the U-boat (trying to land) in Peleliu, in the Palau Islands, and was buried at sea from the hospital ship, “Solace”. He was in the Fleet Marine Force, 1st Division. He was a marine to the core and never gave out much information regarding whereabouts during WWII. He did tell his brother, Ed, with whom he rendezvoused in the South Pacific (along with cousin Joseph Kowaleski) that he had seen the “Bob Hope USO Show”. At that time, the show was in northern New Guinea and Ed was in southern New Guinea.
Lillian thinks of the news coming by telegram of his death as one of the worst times in her life. – Cynthia Northgraves

One thought on “Francis John Mark Poltrack

  1. Saw in the article a mention of Audrey Jones and Phil Jones, the Dance Instructor. A small bit of nothingness John but many New Year’s Eve’s ago I went to watch my son play in a band at a Irish pub in Norwich, CT. I got seated in a booth with some friends of some of the band members. After some conversations and introductions one of the couples there was from Stamford/New Caanan and the woman (can’t remember her name) was Phil Jones, the dance instructors daughter. Growing up in Darien our mom sent us to take dance lessons from Phil Jones. Small world.

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