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September 19, 2018

World War II hero dies after walking granddaughter down the aisle

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Bronislaw 'Grom' Karwowski is a Polish war hero who survived World War II. In August, his granddaughter Joanna was to be married and she asked him to walk her down the aisle.

The military man accepted the request despite the fact that he wasn’t in good health. On the day of her wedding, her grandfather wore his military regalia and served his family once more. 

Joanna and her groom had a wedding ceremony in Bialystok, close to Poland's border with Belarus. For her special occasion, the bride was accompanied down the aisle by her grandfather Bronislaw 'Grom' Karwowski.

As the two walked together towards the groom many people fought back tears as they watched the pair. It was evident that Karwowski wasn’t in good health.

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. However, that didn’t stop him from leading his granddaughter into the church.

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He even wore his full military regalia which sported his many medals. Arriving at the front of the church, Karwowski handed the bride over to the groom.

The emotional groom thanked the military man with two kisses on each cheek. As if he had been holding off until his granddaughter was married, Karwowski passed away 2 days later at the age of 94.

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He was one of the most decorated Polish veterans of World War II. The soldier was part of the Polish resistance against Nazi rule and participated in the Warsaw Uprising.

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He was captured but managed to escape from the Gestapo headquarters in Lomza, in the north of Poland. Unfortunately, he was arrested again.

As an opponent of the Communist government in Poland, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1948 for his role in resisting the authoritarian regime that followed the World War II.

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Later on, he was given the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland for his services to the Polish nation. After his passing, the Polish National Armed Forces wrote a post on social media.

Their statement read: "We regret to announce that today, on 1st September 2018, on the 79th anniversary of Germany's assault on Poland, the national hero and insurgent of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, Major Bronislaw Karwowski retired to the eternal guard. He was 94 years old.”

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They also shared that he’d received the Silver Cross of Merit with Swords, the Cross of the National Armed Deed, and many others. Karwowski’s country had suffered greatly during World War II.

They lost an estimated 6 million people which was, by far, the greatest number of deaths against the percentage of the population. It is estimated that almost 20 percent of all Poles died in the war.

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Poland's armed forces reconstituted themselves when their country was invaded. They went on to play a significant role in the battle against the Nazis alongside the UK, US, and the Soviet Union.

The 1944 Warsaw Uprising, which Karwowski participated in, was one of the most daring acts of resistance to the Nazis. Almost 50,000 Polish fighters temporarily removed the Germans from parts of central Warsaw before it was destroyed.

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