Posted in Awareness, Veterans,WWII, Army

Honoring My Uncle Steve Briglovich By Deborah Briglovich Andio

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring people who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May.

Honoring My Uncle – A True Hero that died in combat fighting for his country.

Died at the age of 20 years old.

Steve F Briglovich

His birth name was spelled

(Brigljevic on birth certificate)



Enlisted 17 March 1943

Went overseas in October 1943

Died 21 JUNE 1945 WEER ,AUSTRIA but his body did not return home to the USA until November 1948 and his official funeral was January 1949 at Saints Peter and Paul Croatian Church in Youngstown Ohio.

Steve was only 20 years old when he died – He fought in 5 campaigns; Africa,Italy, Belgium, Germany and Austria .

He was in the chemical warfare service.

Military Branch – US Army

Sadly he wrote to his family on June 10 , 1945 stating he would be heading home later that month. his letter said to my grandmother Anna

” Mom I have fought in 5 campaigns and I am coming home the way you sent me.”

Unfortunately on July 7 less than a month later the family received a telegram announcing his death.

No cause was given and I have been searching for answers.

Before entering the service he worked for Carbon Limestone in Lowellville,Ohio and Republic Steel Youngstown, Ohio.

RIP I wish I would have known you

But I feel like I do know you, since researching our family history.

Thank You for your service and your bravery.


Love your niece

Deborah Briglovich Andio



The sad part is my poor grandmother waited for her sons body to return home to the USA.

It finally did in 17 November 1948 – 3 years after he was killed.

Info on the 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion

When the 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion was deactivated on November 26, 1945, at Camp Myles Standish, Taunton, Massachusetts, their record read: 3 Distinguished Service Crosses (all posthumously), 5 Legions of Merit (one posthumous), 9 Soldiers Medals, 39 Silver Stars, 97 Bronze Stars, 5 Croix de Guerre, and 876 Purple Hearts and 91 Oak Leaf Clusters. 3 Unit Citations, 508 days in combat, and an estimated 500,000 rounds fired. They also supported 17 infantry divisions, 3 armored divisions, 2 airborne divisions, and numerous task forces, including Rangers and British commandos, and fought under 6 American Corps, 1 French Corps, 2 American armies, and 1 French Army. They fought on two continents and participated in 6 campaigns, including amphibious and glider assaults.

Their firepower was felt in Sicily, Italy, France, Germany, and Austria. Places such as Gela, San Pietro, Ceppagna, Anzio, Minturno, Venafro, Briancon, the Vosges, Colmar Pocket, Zellenberg, and Riquewihr saw them at their best. The battalion also lost nearly half their number in the sinking of LST 422, one of the worst naval tragedies of World War II. And after all this they were classified as Service Forces not entitled to wear the combat badge they repeatedly earned.

A great book to read is

Bastard Battalion: A History of the 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion in World War II

And never forget the movie Hacksaw Ridge.


Memorial Day 2019 Tribute


An Honor No Family Wants

Gold Star families (or Gold Star American families) are the relatives of US military members who died in battle.

Posted in Ancestry, Bone Health

Happy DNA Day




Potato Plum Dumplings – Knedle sa Sljivama


Makes 8-10

2            large potatoes, boiled then peeled

1            tablespoon butter

1            egg

1/4        teaspoon salt

1-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

8-10      ripe Italian prune plums, pitted

1/3        cup vegetable oil

1/3        cup plain bread crumbs

1            cup sugar

1            teaspoon cinnamon

Sour cream (optional)

In a medium bowl, mash potatoes with salt and butter or run through potato ricer.

Let cool completely.

Add egg and mix until well combined. Sift in flour and knead until soft dough forms and it does not stick to your hands.

Cut dough into 8-10 equal pieces, depending on the size of your plums. With lightly floured hands, take a piece of dough and pat it flat. Place one plum in the center and bring sides of dough over plum; roll it between the hands until it’s sealed tight (moist your hands if necessary).

Optional: if plums are not quite ripe, place a sugar cube dipped in rum inside of each plum to increase the sweetness and flavor. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Lower the heat to medium.

One at a time put dumplings into boiling water. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Dumplings are done when they rise to the top. In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat; add bread crumbs. Stir for a couple of minutes or until they darken just a bit.

Using a slotted spoon, add cooked dumplings to the breadcrumbs and roll them in the pan to coat completely. Transfer to a plate. In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon.

Serve dumplings topped with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled with sugar/cinnamon mixture.


croatian plum dumpling

The Mihanović castle was built in the 18th century by the counts Erdödy, but it ended up as a security in the ownership of governor Josip Brigljević, the husband of the sister of the poet Antun Mihanović. The poet, who is the author of “Lijepa naša domovina” often stayed at the castle, which is why it was named after him. The castle was reconstructed and restored in 1983, and today it is a well known hospitality establishment for various festive occasions – from business conferences to fantasy weddings.




Posted in Ancestry, Blessed, Croatian Family, family, Family Tradition, Family Tree, Geneology, History, Life, Music

I Love History and I Did Ancestry DNA

I love history and I have been researching both sides of my family tree. 
I found some interesting information from my fathers side. 

Some information I have found. And I cannot wait to see what else I uncover.

I may start a geneology blog so I can keep all that information in one area. 

Any tips from others would be greatly appreciated

Is it time that I put my family history research on a blog of its own? Maybe.  
I been doing research for months and in some areas years and I have a lot of wonderful information I’d like to share. 
And  a place to record my  research progress and keep better track of what I’m working on? So I will start a  new blog to get organized, share my  research with family, or bring it to fellow researchers across the world?

A story. We all have a story…..

Antun Mihanović (10 June 1796 – 14 November 1861) was a notable Croatian poet and lyricist, most famous for writing the national anthem of Croatia, which was put to music by Josif Runjanin and adopted in 1891. Klanjec, his birthplace, holds a monument to him and a gallery of his works.
Mihanović studied law and worked as a military judge. After engaging in diplomacy, he was the Austrian consul in Belgrade, Thessaloniki, Smyrna, Istanbul and Bucharest. He retired in 1858 as a minister counselor, and lived in Novi Dvori until his death.
The poem which would become the Croatian anthem was Horvatska domovina. It was first published in the cultural magazine Danica ilirska, No. 10, edited by Ljudevit Gaj, in 1835. The anthem itself would become known as Lijepa naša (Our Beautiful), since those are the first two words of the poem.

Mihanović also wrote a small but important book, Rěč domovini o hasnovitosti pisanja vu domorodnom jeziku (A Word to the Homeland about the Benefits from Writing in Mother Tongue), published in Vienna in 1815. The ideas in this book became one of the foundations of the Illyrian Movement.

His Sister  Marija Justina Veronika Mihanović married a great great great uncle of mine Josip Brigljevic . 

Maria Mihanovich was the youngest sister of Antun Mihanovich who wrote the lyrics for Croatian national anthem “Lijepa naša domovino”. No other siblings had survived other than two of them. She married a lawyer Joseph Brigljevich Kurilovečki (de Kurilovec). 

He was from a rich family of lawyers originating from Kurilovec-Velika Gorica area, but living in Zagreb. I was not able to find a specific connection to Brigleviches living in Velika Gorica. 

Joseph’s parents had three sons christened with name Joseph. The youngest one was christened in year 1810. I am assuming that the first two sons named Joseph did not survive, and that the third Joseph is the husband of Maria. It is interesting that the youngest Joseph was born after his father’s death and initially declared illegitimate. That decision was reversed. 

Joseph Brigljevich was a successful lawyer, until he ended up on the wrong side of the history. In 1848 there was a culmination of a conflict between between two Croatian parties, one supporting the union with Hungary and the other with Austria. He was supporting the loosing side (supporting the union with Hungarians), against the future ban of Croatia Josip Jelachich. 

Joseph Brigljevich tried to run, but was caught and put in prison, but eventually released folowing an intervention of his brother-in-law Antun Mihanovich, who was supporting the winning side. 

Antun Mihanovich has spent his last days living in the manor owned by Joseph (maybe as a pay off for saving his life). That manor is now called dvor Mihanović in honor of his most famous inhabitant.

Photo of Antun Mihanovic

Information also found in here 😀

Josip Brigljevic

Posted in Ancestry, DNA, Family Tradition, Family Tree, Life, Uncategorized

Ancestry DNA

So because a have a couple of  mysteries in my family. And just the love of history I have , I  decided to do an Ancestry DNA 

I got the test in November 2016 and did nothing with it until February-March 2017

Well I finally took test and results are coming in.

Family Mysteries 

Who was my grandmothers birth parents

(She was adopted)

From what I was told 

The Cleveland Protestant Orphanage Asylum on St Clain Avenue in Cleveland Ohio between 


She was given an adopted name and a hint of her middle name. 

St Clair was a hint about the place she was adopted from. 

I also heard many years ago her name may have been Bessie.  (Unsure if true)

I was told she may have been from most likely German decent. (Also unsure)

She has always gone by the birthday of 

July 9 1902

I spoke to Orphanage in Cleveland which is now called BeechBrook and they can’t tell me anything unless I know her birth name
That really let the wind out of my sail because they have her info. 

So I have to find another way I guess. 

And I have a lot of info on her as I knew her. And I also have info 

Im related to the founders of Youngstown Ohio

Where I grew up. 


Next mystery is on my fathers side

His father was illegitimate 

So I have no idea who his father was

They were from the former Yugoslavia 

Now Croatia

Zagreb-Velika Gorica area

He has his mothers last name. But not his fathers. No mention of the fathers name at all. 

I also have a couple other wild things from my fathers side 


Some one a female burned at stake hundreds of years ago …. I wonder why..
So stay tuned.  

If your great at research and family history I would love tips

Stay tuned…..