Part of (The rest of the Story)
Hank Slomanski was my husband
At this point I will let the e-mail speak for its self
e-mail dated 8/12/2000
Dear Mr. Tracy, I am the wife of Hank Slomanski. Our teenage daughter happened to type in he Papa’s name and found your website. We both wept with joy for your recognition of him and with grief because he is dead. Your are incorrect that you spelled his name inaccurately and that he did not die in Vietnam (although, as a member of the Special Forces, he toured three times). After his retirement from the army, he became an Orthodox priest and served as a chaplain in several hospitals.
He die in April, 2000, of pancreatic cancer. We loved him very, very much and miss him terribly, but his kindness and gentleness live in our hearts. He may have been a tough karate instructor and a taskmaster to his troops, but he was a beautiful man with a loving, caring, Christian heart.
Thank you for giving him the recognition that he never fully receive while he was alive. By the way he retire with a silver star, a bronze star, three purple hearts, and metals too many to count. I was truly blessed to have been/and still his wife.
Patricia P. Slomanski
UP-DATE 11/20/2004 - research done by my Brother Jim Tracy
Obituary of Henry Slomanski - Richmond Times-Dispatch April 26, 2000 - Page B2
The Reverend Henry Slomanski, 71, of Richmond Va., died Easter Sunday, April 23, 200 at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond. Dr. Slomanski was born in Evansville, New Jersey, son of the late William Joseph and Christina Louise Slomanski. He joined the United States Army at age 18 and over a 20 year career attained the rank of Command Sergeant Major while serving as a Green Beret and Army Ranger. During the Korean War as a Master Paratrooper, he was twice wounded and awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze star and three Purple Hearts for exhibiting uncommon bravery and exemplarity leadership. In 1956 he became the declared World Champion Karate Black Belt, and spent several years thereafter touring as an exhibition instructor of infantryman, the most noteworthy being Elvis Presley. Subsequently, he served three tours of duty in Vietnam. After his retirement in 1966, he entered the Maranatha Eastern Orthodox Bible Seminary earning the Master of Religious Education and Doctor of Theology degree. Thereafter he was ordained as a Priest in the Eastern Orthodox Church of the East. His ministry focused on Christian counseling and Hospital Chaplainry while serving at the New Haven Memorial Church in Wilmington, N.C. and at Henrico Doctors Hospital Richmond Va. He earned a Doctor of Law degree with emphasis on Canon Law from the University of Los Angeles. He was a lifetime member of the National Chaplains Association, a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and a Diplomat in the Association of Biblical Life Educators. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; a son Edward Wilson of Wilmington N.C.; daughters Patricia Grace Wilson of the home. Mary Christine of Buffalo N.Y.; Susan Flippins of College Station, Texas; Karen Bullock of Hartford, Conn.; Sandra Reimbold of Huston, Texas. ... four Grand Children .....