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The Distinguished Military Career of Polish General Casimir Pulaski

Phil Pulaski has 36 years of law enforcement experience including more than 33 years with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). During 2014, Phil Pulaski retired as Chief of Detectives of the NYPD where he was responsible for more than 3,600 personnel who, during 2013, investigated 256,000 felony and misdemeanor crimes (including 335 homicides), and arrested more than 39,000 offenders. Phil Pulaski joined the NYPD Pulaski Association in November 1980 and was a proud member for 34 years. During April 2010, Phil Pulaski was honored by being given the Pulaskian award at the annual Pulaski Association dinner dance. The NYPD Pulaski Association is named after the famed Polish Revolutionary War general Casimir Pulaski.

Born in Warsaw in 1745, Casimir Pulaski first distinguished himself in the Confederation of Bar, a conflict in which Poland sought to defend its independence from Russian encroachment. Following this four-year conflict, Pulaski moved to Saxony and then to France.

In France, Pulaski met Benjamin Franklin, who persuaded him to lend his military skills to the United States in the Revolutionary War. Pulaski landed in Philadelphia in the spring of 1777 and commanded Continental Army forces as a general and chief of cavalry for the next two and a half years.
Drawing on his expertise in guerrilla warfare, he formed the mixed corps Pulaski Legion in 1778. After defending Charleston in May of 1779, Pulaski incurred injuries in the Battle of Savannah that resulted in his death in October 1779.

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