Louis A. Kolarik, also known as “Kal” was born in the Yorkville section of Manhattan on October 14, 1918. In his early years he was employed by The Cornell University Medical College of New York where he worked in the laboratory as a technician’s assistant. Upon the breakout of World War II, he was drafted by the United States Army on May 19, 1942 and was enrolled in the course for medical technicians which took place at the Medical Department Technicians’ School at Lawson General Hospital. He completed his studies on October 28, 1942 and was subsequently assigned military service overseas in North Africa and Italy for 22 months where he served as a combat medic. Louis served with the 85th Infantry Division, 310th Medical Battalion where he administered emergency medical treatment to casualties and prepared them for evacuation. He rose to the rank of Sergeant and was honorably discharged on November 9, 1945.
After the war, Kal returned to New York City where he met his wife, Lee Tarulli. They married and spent the early years in Brooklyn before settling in Hampton Bays to raise their three children, Louis, Joseph, and June. Kal proudly served his community as a beloved rural mail carrier for many years. Family and friends will always remember him as a prominent member of the Greatest Generation and a wonderfully kind man loved by all who knew him.