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A family of veterans

John Przybyl and his five sons all served in America’s Armed Forces

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (November 6, 2018) – Lorraine Przybyl is part of a family of veterans, and leading up to this Veterans Day, she spent time gathering as much information as she could about the family she had married into.

David Przybyl

David Przybyl, SKG2

Lorraine’s husband David was in the Navy from 1954–1958, aboard the USS Tortuga. He achieved a discharge rank of SKG2, Store Keeper. David Przybyl lived in Lansing for 45 years until his death in 2014.


David’s four brothers were also in the Navy:

Edward Przybyl

Edward Przybyl, Navy GM

Edward served as a Gunner’s Mate aboard the USS Cofer DE 208 from 1944–1945. He was part of a three-man crew that operated a twin 40mm cannon. His ship was attacked by Japanese kamikazes, and his gun crew downed one of the planes.



Florian Przybyl

Florian Przybyl, Navy CEM

Florian served in the Navy for 20 years—from 1949–1970—and earned a discharge rank of Chief Electricians Mate. He currently lives in Shelbyville, Illinois.



Clarence Przybyl

Clarence Przybyl, Navy SO

Clarence was in the Navy from 1952–1956. At discharge he was a sonar man.





Philip Przybyl

Philip Przybyl, Navy ETN-2

Philip enlisted in 1950 and was honorably discharged in 1963. He served aboard the USS Intrepid for three years as an Electronics Technician, working on radar. He currently lives in Germantown, Wisconsin.



John Przybyl

John Przybyl, Army PFC

The father of all these men was John Przybyl, who served in World War I with three of his brothers. He enlisted on July 18, 1917, at the age of 24, and was a PFC in the 17 Ordinance Guard Company. He was honorably discharged on March 11, 1919.


Lorraine is currently serving as President of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary in Lansing.



Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.