Józef Kowalski

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Józef Kowalski
Born 2 February 1900(1900-02-02)
Smerekivka, Lviv, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine)
Died 9 December 2013
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Allegiance  Poland
Service/branch Polish Army
Years of service 1919–1921; 1939
Rank Captain
Unit PL ground forces flag IIIRP.svg Polish Army 22nd Regiment Ułanów
Battles/wars Polish-Soviet War
September Campaign
Awards Order of Polonia Restituta; "Pro Memoria" Medal

Jozef Kowalski (2 February 1900 - 7 December 2013) was the last Polish veteran who served just after the First World War. He is the oldest verified military veteran in the world, following the death of Gertrude Noone.[1][2]

He fought in the Polish-Soviet War that was linked to the First World War. It lasted from 1919 to 1921. He is the only living person who is known to have definitely fought in that war.

He lived in Tursk, near Sulęcin, in a care home.[3] He died on 7 December 2013, aged 113.

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