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Józef Kowalski
Born (1900-02-02)2 February 1900
Died 7 December 2013(2013-12-07) (aged 113)
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 22nd Regiment Ułanów

Józef Kowalski (2 February 1900 – 7 December 2013)[1] was a Polish supercentenarian and the last surviving veteran of the 1919–1921 Polish-Soviet War.[2] Kowalski served in the 22nd Uhlan Regiment of the Polish Army.[3][4][5] 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.[6] He lived in Tursk, near Sulęcin, in a care home.[3][4][5][6] 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.[2][7]


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