1 July 1944 Evening News of the Tonawandas
Stephen Molnar Killed in Action On Normandy Front
Word was received this morning by Mr. Paul Molnar, proprietor of the Harbor Inn at 507 Main street, North Tonawanda, that his son, Staff Sergeant Stephen Molnar was killed in action in France on June 17.
A small package received just before he died told the story of this 30 year old infantryman's battle experiences. It contained the Purple Heart, which Stephen had received after having been wounded in the heel by machine gun fire in Italy on April 25, 1943, a rifle badge which indicated battle experience with an infantry unit, and a 3 starred campaign ribbon which was explained in Steve's accompanying letter as follows:
"The campaign ribbon bears three stars: one for the initial landing in French Morocco on November 8, 1942, one for the Tunisian campaign through which I fought and the third for the Sicilian campaign. The African-European campaign ribbon in multicolored. It is fringed with brown for the desert's sands, its background is green for the fertile fields of Europe. It is striped with the red and white on green for the Italians we opposed and the red, white and blue for our French allies. The small black and white stripes stand for the Germans we fought."
This veteran of all the major European campaigns except the Italian mainland was picked to lead the landing assault on France where he lost his life on "the fertile green fields of Europe."