John A. Ditkosky
Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service:
3 years 2 months
Cause of Death: Vehicle Accident (A
truck driver who had fallen asleep struck Private Ditkosky's
Date of Incident:
July 24, 1950
John A. Ditkosky was
born August 29, 1922, at McAdoo, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
He served in the United States Navy for four years during World War II. He enlisted in the
Pennsylvania State Police from McAdoo on May 1, 1947, and was assigned to Troop A-2,
Harrisburg. He was 24 years old and 5'11" tall.
At 10:35 p.m. on July 24, 1950,
Private Ditkosky was on duty on U S Route 22, four miles east of Harrisburg. A truck
driver who had fallen asleep struck Private Ditkosky's vehicle. He was killed instantly.
The truck continued on, striking another vehicle.
Private Ditkosky is buried in Saint Gabriel's Cemetery, Hazleton. He was survived by his
wife, Mrs. Anna Marie Ditkosky, of Hazleton. Mrs. Ditkosky later married Sergeant Thomas
At 27, Ditkosky had completed three years and two months of Pennsylvania State