Born: September 30, 1915 in Kołomyja, Poland
Died: August 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Buried : Powązki cemetery in Warsaw – section 144
Family: father Józef Wróblewski, mother Ewa Stefania (nee Krzysztofowicz). Parents, sister Czesława (Ludwik) Klonowska, brother Zdzisław (Jadwiga) moved from Kołomyja to Poland after World War II – they died there in their old age.
Married: Zbigniew Chałko
Medals: Polish: Złoty Krzyż Zasługi (Golden Cross of Merit), Srebrny Krzyż Zasługi z Mieczami (Silver Cross of Merit with Swords); British: War Medal 1935-1945, Italy Star.
Fates before joining Anders Army : A graduate of Ursuline Sisters’ secondary school (matriculation exam) in Kołomyja. 2-year course in Physical Education and Military Training in Lviv. Women’s Military Training instructor.During WWII deported by the Soviets in 1940 to Siberia (area of Omsk). After the amnesty in 1941 she joined Polish Army in USSR.
Military history: Soldier of Polish Army in USSR and later Polish 2 Corps, 5th Kresowa Infantry Division. Nurse in army hospitals in Persia, Iraq, Palestine and Egypt. Director of field hospital at Monte Cassino.
Post-War: After World War II she stayed in Great Britain, where he married on 31 October 1947 Zbigniew Chałko (soldier of Polish Home Army, fought in Warsaw Uprising 1944). Son Krzysztof Maria Jerzy born 21 August 1948. Emigrated to USA in 1951, family settled in Chicago. A longtime employee of the Polish National Association (Związek Narodowy Polski). Social activist: member and former president of the Legion of Young Polish Women in America (Legion Młodych Kobiet w Ameryce), member of the Branch of former soldiers of 5th Kresowa Infantry Division. Son – a professional officer of US Army (retired 1992), retired lecturer at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Fluent in Polish. He lives with his family in a suburb of Chicago.
author : Barbara Chałko, daughter-in-law
Polish military ID of Władysława Wróblewska, issued on 15th August 1945; source: archive of Krzysztof Chałko