Knowledge Identifier: +Michael_Strank
Born in 1919.
Countries: United States (53%), Cuba (13%), Pennsylvania (13%)
Linked to: Bethlehem Steel
Strank attended the schools of Franklin Borough, Pennsylvania and graduated from high school in 1937
Transferred to Provisional Company W at Parris Island on January 17, 1941, Strank, now a Private First Class, sailed for Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, arriving on the 23rd
With the Raiders, he participated in the landing operations and occupation of Pavuvu Island in the Russell Islands from February 21, 1943 until March 18, and in the seizure and occupation of the Empress Augusta Bay during the Battle of Bougainville from November 1 until January 12, 1944
Michael Strank is prominently featured in the 2006 Clint Eastwood movie "Flags of Our Fathers", where he is played by Canadian actor Barry Pepper
In 2008, Gunnery Sergeant Matt Blais, who was a Marine security guard in the American Embassy in Slovakia, discovered that Strank was not a natural-born U. S. citizen
In 2016 Radio and Television of Slovakia has filmed a document about Sgt. Strank called "Chlapec, ktorý chcel by? prezidentom"
In 2019, an English version of the documentary "Chlapec, ktorý chcel by? prezidentom" will be premiered in the United States under the title, "The Oath"