Tommy “Bug” Kuznicki: Nothing Short of Sensational

Tommy “Bug” Kuznicki: Nothing Short of Sensational

Before my great-grandfather enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II; before he took up professional boxing to pass the time; before he married the Swedish girl from the barn dance outside of town; and before he raised a son of his own, he was a high school student who devoted all of [...]

A Local Hero: Michael Tofil Defends Liberty Ships

A Local Hero: Michael Tofil Defends Liberty Ships

Wednesday, December 13, 1941 Michael Tofil was born on August 30, 1926 in Dunkirk, New York to Stanley and Salomea (Kuznicki) Tofil, the eighth of thirteen children. He had eight brothers (Peter, George, Thomas, Joseph, Francis, Leo, Lorence and Anthony) and four sisters (Sophie, Mary, Genevieve and Joan), and the family owned and operated Tofil's [...]

Boxing in Pearl Harbor

Boxing in Pearl Harbor

Thomas Michael Kuznicki, Sr. Thomas Michael Kuznicki, Sr., my maternal great-grandfather, enlisted in the United States Navy on May 19, 1942 in Buffalo, New York. At the time of his enlistment, he was working as a truck driver at Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Dunkirk, was recently married to my great-grandmother, Beatrice Maude Peterson, and was [...]