Private First Class John Carl Ptachick served the United States Army honorably between 1953-1955. John immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island at the age of 4 years old. His family settled in Mechanicville, NY operating a successful crop and poultry farm for many years. John was drafted into the Armed Forces in 1953, participated in infantry boot camp at Fort Dix, Trenton, NJ, attended leadership school and trained new recruits for numerous months. He was stationed in Friedberg, Germany. As an Army PFC during the Korean Conflict he was assigned to an armored tank division as a driver with the M47 Patton Tank, and then infantry. John was honorably discharged in 1955 and he returned to the family farm. He began his career as a Class A designer for ALCO, in Schenectady, NY and moved to Amsterdam. He raised his four children while he was a Production Supervisor at Ward Products in Amsterdam. John retired in 2004 to enjoy his family, continuation of his penchant for American history and successful vegetable and floral (especially in his prized dahlias) gardening.