Herman A. Kornick Jr., 72, auto dealership...

November 26, 1997

Herman A. Kornick Jr., 72, auto dealership comptroller

Herman A. Kornick Jr., a retired automobile dealership official and a war hero, died of lung cancer Saturday at the home of a daughter in Phoenix, Baltimore County. He was 72.

In 1990, the Lutherville resident retired from the Tate auto dealerships, where he had been treasurer and comptroller since 1960.

After graduating from Mount St. Joseph High School in 1943, he joined the Army and was sent to the Pacific during World War II.

As an infantry squad leader, he participated in the North Solomon Islands and Philippines campaigns.

He was awarded the Bronze Star for "heroic achievement" at Luzon in the Philippines in 1945.

When his patrol was ambushed by machine gun and mortar fire, "Sgt. Kornick continuously exposed himself to enemy fire in order to deploy his beleaguered squad and to designate targets in order that the riflemen could counteract the heavy enemy fire," said the citation.

Under the protection of covering fire, Mr. Kornick ran 30 yards across open terrain in "full view of the enemy" to rescue a severely wounded scout, the citation said.

Mr. Kornick also was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge and Purple Heart. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Kornick seldom talked about his wartime exploits and it was only at his death that his wife of 45 years, the former Carolyn Gessler, learned the story behind his Bronze Star, she said yesterday.

Born and raised in Gardenville, Mr. Kornick earned an accounting degree from the University of Baltimore in 1950 and worked in automotive sales.

A family man who enjoyed spending time with his wife and seven children, he also liked to play golf at Pine Ridge.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity in Timonium, where he was a longtime communicant.

Other survivors include three sons, James P. Kornick of Alexandria, Va., William G. Kornick of Pittsburgh and Thomas A. Kornick of Cockeysville; four daughters, Carol Wagner of Parkville, Betty Ann Carr of Timonium, Regina Anderson of Phoenix and Barbara Jones of Cockeysville; two sisters, Mary Grim of Houlton, Maine, and Dorothy King of Timonium; and 12 grandchildren.

Pub Date: 11/26/97

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