Errors in Article Concerning Casimir Pulaski


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Edward Pinkowski

E-mail:   [email protected]


Cooper City, Florida

Veterans Day 2009


 Dear Editor:




On November 6, in the New York Times, the Associated Press misinformed your readers about Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich and General Casimir Pulaski.


   The report called Congressman Kucincich a Polish American.  As a matter of fact, his father, Frank Kucinich, a truck driver, was of Croatian ancestry, and his mother, Virginia, was of Irish ancestry.


   Ohio’s 10th Congressional District, which Kucinich represents, is made

up of Garfield Heights, a city of 30,734 persons seven miles southeast of

Cleveland; Parma, the largest suburb of Cleveland, is six miles west of

Garfield Heights.   At the beginning of the decade, the Polish ancestry of

Garfield Heights stood at 25.3 percent.  In Parma, it was 15.8 percent. The bedroom

subdivisions in between were probably the same.


   The media has been asleep as far as General Pulaski is concerned for

over two centuries.  He was born March 6, 1745, and died October 15, 1779. His

remains lie in an unmarked grave in Savannah, Georgia, in front of his memorial,  and President Obama could have waited until Veterans’ Day, when he visted the grave of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery,  to sign the joint resolution of the Senate and the House that made Pulaski an honorary citizen.


   Pulaski himself never met Benjamin Franklin. According to his letters to Claude Rulhiere, which were discovered in France in the 1940s, Pulaski, hiding out in Marsielle, depended on two persons, first Rulheire, a French historian and then Beaumarchairs, a noted  French playwright, to obtain Franklin’s letter to General Washington which Pulaski handed to the commanding general of the Continental Army at the Moland House in Pennsylvania.


   Russ Bynam, the reporter of The Associate Press in Savannah, was

responsible for not doing his job when Pulaski’s remains were found in 1996 in a

box under the Pulaski Monument. Without DNA, Dr. Charles Merbs of Arizona

State University identified Pulaski’s bones. Burial at sea was a hoax.


                       Edward Pinkowski

                       Poles in America Foundation