Marsh


William Marsh was the grandson of Ignacy Mierzejewski, the son of John Mierzejewski. William was born William S. Mierzejewski in Toledo on January 21, 1922 to John Mierzejewski and Anna Myzlinski and baptized in St. Anthony’s parish on January 28, 1922. Baptized Boleslaw, it seemed his family provided him with the Anglecized name of William.

Per the 1930 census, the family was residing at 1021 Hamilton and William was 8 years old.

William entered the military and volunteered for the Office of Strategic Service, a predecessor to the modern CIA. While in the OSS , he was assigned to operations in Yugoslavia. Thanks to his son, Bill, there are photos of him while in the service.

William S. Mierzejewski (Marsh)

William S. Miezejewski (Marsh)

William S. Mierzejewski (Marsh), OSS, possibly in Bari, Italy

William S. Mierzejewski (Marsh), OSS, possibly in Bari, Italy

An undated article was found that mentioned William’s service in the OSS. The date of the UP wire service is noted as 10/1, but the year is unknown. It is likely that this clipping came from the Toledo Blade and the date that the article was published was likely after World War 2. The article is transcribed below:

3 FROM TOLEDO ON HERO LIST

Soldiers Hit Behind Lines of Enemies

Washington, Oct. 1 (UP)—Super-commandos of the Office of Strategic services did heroic work behind the enemy lines in France, Italy, Norway, Greece, Yugoslavia and China.

OSS revealed here today the names of the 800 highly trained volunteers from the army, including three Toledo men, who parachuted into enemy territory and worked with underground Allies to create chaos in German and Japanese occupied areas.

Listed among men who operated in Yugoslavia were Staff Sergt. W. S. Mierzejewski, 1021 Hamilton St.; T/5 F. G. Smolinski, 218 Detroit Ave., and W. J. Spiropoulus, 530 Nesslewood Ave., all of Toledo, and Staff Sergt. Steve T. Randolph, Bowling Green, O.

T/5 William Klingensmith, Bowling Green, was assigned to Norway and Lieut. Mills C. Grandes, Sandusky, O., to France.

The OSS men all spoke the languages of the country in which they were to operate. They functioned in parties of eight to 30 men, landing at night and contacting “partisans” in occupied territory, with whom they joined to strike the enemy in vital and vulnerable spots.

Of the 805 members of the OSS groups, 335 have already been decorated individually, by the U. S. or Allied governments.

After leaving the military, William lived in the Sidney, Ohio region. Here he met and married Dorothy Fronsoe.

William and Dorothy Marsh

William and Dorothy Marsh

William also joined the Ohio State Highway patrol in 1947; upon joining the OSHP he changed his last name to Marsh. He was assigned to the Troy Post 55 in 1948.

William S. Marsh, OSHP uniform

William S. Marsh, OSHP

Troy OSHP Post 55

Troy OSHP Post 55

William passed away October 4, 1962 at the age of 40. Dorothy, his son Bill, and his siblings then moved to Miami, Florida in 1970.

Bill Marsh is seeking information on his father’s history, particularly with the OSS. If you can provide any data, please leave a message here and I will follow up.

Let’s talk Mierzejewski. Lots of confusion on this family, remember my grandfather married a Mierzejewska. So, it takes some time and patience untangling names and relationships. Earlier, I had identified a John (Jan) M. Mierzejewski as my grandmother’s brother. See this post updated on July 13, 2010 and this post from August 1, 2010.

However, I’m going to focus on my grandfather’s family here. And these relationships are confusing because my grandmother and grandfather each had siblings who were named alike. The John or Jan Mierzejewski who is today’s subject is descended through my great-grandfather, Antoni Mierzejewski. Antoni had a son named Ignacy. John is the son of Ignacy Mierzejewski and Marianna Goclowska Dabkowska. My grandfather, Wladyslaw (Walter) is the son of Ignacy and another wife, Budziszewska. So Walter and John were half-brothers.

This post will set the stage for a following post on John’s son, William. William, or Bill, was an OSS officer who served in Yugoslavia in WWII. Bill had changed his last name to Marsh after leaving the OSS to serve with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Much of the information presented here was provided by Bill’s son, William (Bill) S. Marsh (Mierzejewski).

John was born in Tomasze, Poland on November 15, 1894 per his Word War II draft registration card.

Interestingly, John provided his residence for the World War II draft registration on Vance Street. A number of my mother’s relatives had resided on Vance.

Per the 1930 census, John was residing at 1021 Hamilton. This census indicates that John is living with his first wife, Anna (Joanna) (Mizlinska or Myslinska) and his children:

  • Josephine
  • William
  • Adelaide

Also noted on this census is a roomer, Edward. Edward is likely John’s brother.

John served in WWI and because of his service, became a naturalized citizen.

Thanks to Bill Marsh, there are several photos of John:

John Mierzejewski in uniform

John Mierzejewski

John and Anna (Joanna) marriage

John and Anna (Joanna) marriage

John and Anna (Joanna) marriage

John and Anna (Joanna) marriage

John Mierzejewski, far left, uniform

John Mierzejewski, far left, uniform

If you can identify anyone in these photos, please leave a message here and I will follow up.

John passed away on August 17, 1970. His obituary as published in the Toledo Blade the same day and is transcribed below:

John Mierzejewski

John Mierzejewski, 74, of 1435 Nebraska Ave., owner of John’s Carry-out for 20 years, died Monday in Howard’s Convalescent Home, Swanton, O., after a long illness.

Born in Poland, Mr. Mierzejewski lived in Toledo 46 years. He worked at the Mather Spring Co. 30 years, retiring nine years ago, and also ran the carry-out with his wife.

Mr. Mierzejewski was an army veteran of World War I, a member of the Wroblewski Post, American Legion, and of the Toledo Health and Retiree Center.

Surviving are his wife, Jennie, daughters, Mrs. Adelaide McCartney, of Berkey, and Mrs. Josephine Galliers, of Toledo, and nine grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. in Sujkowski Mortuary, with burial in Toledo Memorial Park. The body will be in the mortuary after 7 tonight.

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