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30th_street
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Post Number: 20
Registered: 04-2006
Posted From: 64.12.116.204
Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 11:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Looking for info on a small park in south Detroit. PIWOK park located at: Liddesdale/Visger/Beatrice/Oma ha. East of Fort St. South of Schaefer. The Piwok name is a possible name on my family tree.
That whole far south Detroit area seems so disconnected from the city.
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Tayshaun22
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Post Number: 177
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Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 12:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's true that area is disconnected from the city of Detroit, but it blends in well with River Rouge, Ecorse, Melvindale, and Lincoln Park.
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Livernoisyard
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Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 12:33 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That's about the only part of SW Detroit that is dicey--crime-wise. So, be careful when on foot down there.
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Gab930
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Registered: 06-2006
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Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 11:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I hope this information answers your question.

Piwok Park is named after Stehpan J. Piwok. He was my great uncle and was killed in WW II in December of 1944.

There were three Piwok brothers and they lived on South Beatrice Street, which is right by the park. The brothers were Joe Piwok, Walter Piwok-my grandfather, and Stephan Piwok. Both Joe and Walter were in the Navy and served in the Pacific Theatre. Stephan was a Staff Sergeant in the Army and served with the 17 Armored Infantry Battalion in the European Theatre.

In December of 1944 Stephan was killed in action in Bining France while attacking a German position. For his actions during the battle, he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. The citation for receiving the medal reads as follows:

"For gallantry in action on 9 December 1944 in the vicinity of ***, ***. After attacking and taking their objective, Bining Barracks, the third platoon, Company C, 17 Armored Infantry Battalion was organizing the objective when it was subjected to an intense enemy artillery barrage. At the time, Staff Sergeant Piwok and his squad were dug in about fifty yards from the barracks and were servingg as an outpost for the platoon which was in the barracks area. At the beginning of the barrage, Staff Sergeant Piwok left his safe postion and returned to the barracks area where the barrage was more intense. In absense of the platoon leader and platoon sergeant, Staff Sergeant Piwok took command of the situation and without regard for his own safety, personally supervised the movement of each man at a place of safety. While moving from man to man, checking their positions, Staff Sergeant Piwok was killed by a shellburst near him. Due to his initiative and actions beyond the call of duty, Staff Sergeant Piwok saved the lives of many men in his platoon and, in doing so, lost his own. Staff Sergeant Piwok's courage under fire and devotion to the men under him serve as an inspiring example to the officers and men of his division.

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KInd Regards
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Livedog2
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Post Number: 343
Registered: 03-2006
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Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 12:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ave Atque Vale!

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