|Born||2 February 1900?|
Smerekivka, Lviv, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine)
|Died||7 December 2013|
(aged 113 years, 308 days?)
|Years of service||1919–1921; 1939|
|Unit||Polish Army 22nd Regiment Ułanów|
|Awards||Order of Polonia Restituta; "Pro Memoria" Medal|
Józef Kowalski (2 February 1900? – 7 December 2013) was the last Polish veteran who served just after World War I, and believed to be the oldest living military veteran in the world, following the death of Gertrude Noone.
He fought in the Polish-Soviet War which was linked to World War I and lasted from 1919 to 1921.
He lived in Tursk, near Sulęcin, in a care home. He died on 7 December 2013, just 8 weeks and one day before his claimed 114th birthday, and claimed to be the oldest living man for around a half-year after 116-year-old Japaneseman Jiroemon Kimura's death in early-summer of 2013 (although the GRG and the Guinness World Records never verified him as the oldest living man).
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Zmarł najstarszy Europejczyk. Kpt. Józef Kowalski miał 113 lat" [The oldest European died. Captain Józef Kowalski was 113 years old.] (in Polish). TVN. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
- ↑ "Pan Józef ma 107 lat i czuje się znakomicie" (in Polish). Wirtualna Polska 2007-02-02. 2 February 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
- ↑ "200 lat dla pana Józefa! Najstarszy Lubuszanin mieszka w Tursku" (in Polish). Gazeta Lubuska 2009-02-02. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
- ↑ "Pan Józef ma 107 lat i czuje się znakomicie" (in Polish). Wirtualna Polska. 2 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-16.