Józef Kowalski

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Józef Kowalski
Born(1900-02-02)2 February 1900
Smerekivka, Lviv, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine)
Died(2013-12-07)7 December 2013
(age 113 years, 308 days)
Allegiance Poland
Service/branchPolish Army
Years of service1919–1921; 1939
UnitFlag of the Polish Land Forces.svg Polish Army 22nd Regiment Ułanów
Battles/warsPolish-Soviet War
September Campaign
AwardsOrder 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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  1. "Pan Józef ma 107 lat i czuje się znakomicie" (in Polish). Wirtualna Polska 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
  2. "200 lat dla pana Józefa! Najstarszy Lubuszanin mieszka w Tursku" (in Polish). Gazeta Lubuska 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
  3. "Pan Józef ma 107 lat i czuje się znakomicie" (in Polish). Wirtualna Polska. Retrieved 2007-03-16.