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Józef Kowalski
Born (1900-02-02)2 February 1900
(age 7002119000000000000119 years, 7002294000000000000294 days)
Place of birth Smerekivka, Lviv, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine)
Allegiance Flag of Poland.svg Poland
Service/branch Polish Army
Years of service 1919–1921; 1939
Rank Captain
Unit Flag of the Polish Land Forces Polish Army 22nd Regiment Ułanów
Battles/wars Polish-Soviet War
September Campaign
Awards Order of Polonia Restituta; "Pro Memoria" Medal

Józef Kowalski (born 2 February 1900) is a Polish supercentenarian and the only living veteran of the 1919–1921 Polish-Soviet War.[1] Kowalski served in the 22nd Uhlan Regiment of the Polish Army.[2][3][4] He took part in the September Campaign in World War II, and was later held in a concentration camp. On his 110th birthday, he was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for his war service by President Lech Kaczyński, of Poland.[5] He lives in Tursk, near Sulęcin, in a care home.[2][3][4][5] On 23 February 2012 Kowalski was promoted to the rank of kapitan, and on 16 August 2012 he was nominated to become an honorary citizen of the city of Wołomin, having already become an honorary citizen of both Warsaw and Radzymin.[1][6]

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