I found Peter Szweda's Declaration of Intent on Ancestry, #151557, in the District Court of Pittsburgh, W. PA on 14 Feb 1939. I can not find his Petition for Naturalization. His Death Certificate states was a US citizen.
Peter was born on 29 June 1891 in Michalowki, Lubelski County in Lublin, Poland. On 30 Nov 1912, "Piotr" set sail from Hamburg to NY on the SS Pennsylvania. His final destination was 626 Harman St., Detroit where his brother-in-law, Antoni Dolata, lived. Notated on the immigration record is #6-72239 and 1/13/1939, the date when verification of his legal admission to the US was provided to I&NS.
Peter so badly wanted to become a US citizen but was denied twice prior to his Declaration of Intent on 14 Feb 1939.
17 Mar 1922--Declaration of Intent #29807 in Detroit, MI: Piotr Szweda does not give the correct date of immigration or ship's name
11 Dec 1925--Petition for Naturalization #29807 in Wheeling, WV: Peter Szweda resided continuously in US since 1920 which is five years prior to 1925. He arrived in the US on18 Dec 1912. He lived in WV since 15 June 1922 which was at least one year prior to 1925. He erroneously stated that he lived here continuously with the exception of 1 Nov 1921 to 15 Apr 1922. He meant “with the exception of 1 Nov 1918 to 15 April 1920”, the years he fought with the Polish Army attached to the French Army during WWI. He corrected these dates in the affidavit attached to his 24 May 1938 Petition. The correct date of his return to the US can also be authenticated using his Elis Island record of 16 June 1920. However, on 5 May 1927, his petition was dismissed for “failing to prosecute his petition.”
24 May 1938--Petition for Naturalization #110305 in Pittsburgh, PA: Peter Szweda immigrated from Hamburg on 23 Dec 1911 [The date is incorrect] to NY under the name Piotr Szweda. He resided continuously in the US for at least 2 years prior to 24 May 1938 and since 8 May 1936 in Allegheny County. Peter attached a sworn affidavit that he was enlisted in the Polish Army from 12 Dec 1918 and honorably discharged on 8 Apr 8 1920. Under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, those who served in the U.S. armed forces were eligible to apply for naturalization; however, Peter's service was not with the U.S. armed forces, even though the US sent Navy transports, i.e., the SS Pocahotas, to bring Peter and 20,721 other Polish soldier back to the US when WWI ended. Also attached to his petition were depositions from Cleveland from 22 May 1933 to 1934; Charleston, WV from May 1934 to Sep 1935 and Ashland Coal and Coke, McDowell County, WV for 4 Nov 1935 to May 1936, presumably verifying his residence there. However, I cannot find a Declaration of Intent numbered #110305. Could this be why this Petition was denied on 30 Sep 1938?
14 Feb 1939--Declaration of Intent #151557, Pittsburgh, PA: Piter Szweda made a Declaration of Intent in Detroit in 1916 but could not recall the number of the declaration. He correctly states that he immigrated from Hamburg on 15 Dec 1912 to NY on the Pennsylvania under the name Piotr Szweda. The commissioner of I&N provided Certificate #6-72239 attesting to his lawful entry.
Now, the question. Did he file a Petition and did he finally become a citizen? Can you help me with this information?