Henry Sienkiewicz left his homeland of Poland with nothing more than the clothes on his back. His granddaughter, Patricia Ross pointed out that's all he had to his name when he was plucked from a lifeboat following the sinking of the USAT Dorchester in 1943.

Patricia, her sister Cynthia Sienkiewcz Kinney, and their father Rod Sienkiewicz were among the honored guests of Wreaths Across America for the 2nd Annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service held Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Balsam Valley Chapel in Jonesboro, Maine.

"When the war broke out he wanted to join up, but he was older than what they were accepting at the time," Rod shares of his father Henry. " He was in construction and had worked on a military base in Hawaii. He volunteered to go to Greenland and that's how he wound up on the USAT Dorchester."

     Henry Sienkiewicz

    Henry Sienkiewicz

On behalf of her father Rod, Cindi shared her grandfather's words with the audience during the memorial service. You can hear her presentation and see other highlights from the service in this video.

Wreaths Across America extends sincere appreciation to the Sienkiewicz family for sharing their family memories with us, and for donating historical documents and pictures to the Wreaths Across America Museum located in Columbia Falls, Maine.

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