An Evening With Author Francis C. Kajencki
Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2005)
Military historian and author Francis C. Kajencki was
feted here with a special evening at the Embassy of the Republic of
Poland on June 22, 2005. The affair was hosted by Minister Plenipotentiary
Boguslaw Winid and co-sponsored by the Polish Library in Washington,
led by President Ryszard Okreglak. Kajencki presented to the attentive
audience a short, fascinating synopsis for each of his 5 published
Of related interest is that the authors daughter, Dr. AnnMarie
Francis Kajencki, authored the children's book: Count
Casimir Pulaski: From Poland to America, A Hero's Fight for Liberty
The presentation was followed by a very interesting and in-depth
discussion between the author and audience, capped-off with a bountiful
Author Francis Casimir Kajencki (left)
is shown receiving an award from Minister Plenipotentiary Boguslaw
Winid (r.) at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington.
The military honor was issued by the Akademia Obrony Narodowej (Academy
of National Defense) in Warsaw, Poland to commend Kajencki's most
worthy literary contributions to Polish-American military history.
An integral component of the award is a bronze medallion of Adam K.
Czartoryski (1734-1825), First Commandant of the Knights Academy.
The painting appearing in the background is Court Jester (Stanczyk)
by Jan Matejko, 1862.
The author has led a very interesting, varied and fruitful
life as his amazing military and academic biography indicates: "Francis
Casimir Kajencki was graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and
commissioned a second lieutenant in January 1943. He served in the
Pacific Theater in World War II, followed by staff and command assignments
over a span of thirty years. He retired as Colonel and Assistant Chief
of Information, Department of the Army, in 1973."
"Kajencki has earned three Masters Degrees: From
the University of Southern California in Mechanical Engineering, 1949;
University of Wisconsin-Madison in Journalism, 1967; and George Mason
University in History, 1976. Upon retiring from the Army, he took
up historical research and writing that led to 5 published books on
In attendance of note on this evening were General/Ambassador
Edward Rowny (Ret.) and 19 participants of the annual, week long,
American Council for Polish Culture Youth Conference in Washington,
escorted by co-chairpersons Thaddeus and Irena Mirecki. It was a very
rewarding cultural experience and memorable evening for these future
leaders of Polonia, hailing from the length and breadth of America,
and they were very appreciative for this unique experience.
Baltimore, Md., July 10, 2005
text and photographs by Richard P. Poremski, contact the author by e-mail
This article was published originally in
Polish American Journal, Buffalo, NY.
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