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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 2
Birth:
19 Aug 1915 2
1915 1
Pennsylvania 1
Death:
01 Mar 1997 2
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Person:
Stephen Kovalyak 1
Level of Education: 4 years of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
19 Aug 1915 2
1915 1
Pennsylvania 1
Death:
01 Mar 1997 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 2
Enlistment Date:
29 Jul 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
33248920 1
Enlistment Place:
Altoona Pennsylvania 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Occupations in manufacture of automobiles, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0632 1
Film Reel Number: 1.149 1

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Stephen Kovalyak

Kovalyak served with the MFAA following the Allied victory in Europe. He worked primarily in the field, evacuating repositories filled with stolen and hidden artworks. At Alt Aussee, Kovalyak worked with a team of MFAA officers under the direction of Lt. Comdr. George Stout and Lt. Comdr. Thomas Carr Howe. According to Howe, “George had a fatherly affection for Steve and a quiet admiration for his energy and resourcefulness and the way he handled the men under him.” While working in the salt mines of Alt Aussee, Kovalyak packed and transported some of Europe’s greatest masterpieces that had fallen victim to Hitler and the Nazis, such as theBruges Madonnathe Ghent Altarpiece, and the Rothschild Jewels. He also assisted in the early packing of the Veit Stoss Altarpiece in Nuremberg, and of countless other artworks at Nazi repositories discovered by Allied forces in Siegen, Bernterode, and Berchtesgaden. Kovalyak was later honored by the Polish government for his work with the MFAA.

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