Joseph "Joe" Skorich

Army Badge
  • Name: Joseph "Joe" Skorich
  • Location of Birth: Taconite, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: January 20, 1918
  • Date of Death: August 26, 1983 (65 years old)
  • Parents: Milan "Mike" Skorich and Boja (Koruga) Skorich
  • High School and Class: Greenway High School - Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: July 14, 1941
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: September 1, 1945
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:
    Combat Infantry Badge

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Card – Young Men
    Name: Joseph Skorich
    Race: White
    Age: 22
    Date of Birth: January 20, 1918
    Place of Birth: Taconite, Minnesota, USA
    Place of Residence: Marble, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer’s Name & Address: No employment
    Place of Employment or Business: -----
    Height: 5-7
    Weight: 145
    Complexion: Dark
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Name & Address of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Mike Skorich, father, Marble, Itasca, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota – October 6, 1944
    “COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE - With the Fifth Army, Italy
    Private J. Skorich of Marble has been cited by his regiment of the 34th “Red Bull” Division and awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for actual participation in combat with the enemy on the Fifth Army front in Italy. Standards for the Badge are high. The decoration, which was recently authorized by the War Department, is awarded to the infantry soldier who has proved his fighting ability in combat. The handsome badge consists of a silver rifle set against a background of infantry blue, enclosed in a silver wreath.”

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Siblings are Milan Skorich, Mary (Skorich) Mandich, Anna Skorich, George Skorich, Angeline (Skorich) Wohlsdorf, John Skorich, Rody Skorich, and Marie Judith (Skorich) Carmichel.

    Joe worked for United States Steel Mining Company for many years until retirement in 1960.

    Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Blackmir; a son, James; two sisters, Mrs. Angeline Wohlsdorf and Mrs. Marie Carmichael; and two brothers, George and Rody Skorich.

    Buried in Lakeview Cemetery at Coleraine, Minnesota. (Serbian Section)

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