George A. Tralka, 92, passed away Tuesday morning, May 14, 2019, at his home in Vienna, Va. He was born in Erie, Pa., earned his medical degree from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and practiced as a specialist in internal medicine in Vienna.
Tralka’s ties to Delaware began in 1944 when, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Army Specialized Training Reserve Program at the University of Delaware in Newark. In 2011, when he was 84, his recorded memoirs of military service and his experience during the final days of World War II were published under the title “Diary of a Replacement Soldier.”
In 1967, Tralka had purchased a vacation home in the Bethany West development. The home, which faced Route 26, was at the time one of only three homes in the development. After selling this home, he purchased a second home in the Villas of Bethany, which was sold in the late 1980s.
Tralk is survived by his son, George A. Tralka II of Vienna, Va., and two sisters, Alicia V. McDermott and Jane E. Tralka of Millville, Del.
A Catholic Mass will be held June 6, 2019, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Va., with interment and military honors at Quantico National Cemetery. Arrangements were by Money & King Funeral Home, through which condolences may be sent online at www.moneyandking.com.