Michael Edward Bozanich (Bozenich)

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  • Name: Michael Edward Bozanich (Bozenich)
  • Location of Birth: Bovey, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 17, 1911
  • Date of Death: October 30, 1962
  • Parents: Mike Bozanich & Barbara (Strahan) Bozanich
  • High School and Class: 1930 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: CAPT (Captain)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: September 25, 1942
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  • Date of Discharge: October 1, 1946
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Michael Edward Bozenich
    Race: White
    Age: 29
    Birth Date: February 17, 1911
    Birth Place: Bovey, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Virginia, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: W.P.A. (Works Project Administration), State Fair Grounds, St. Paul, Minnesota
    Weight: 185
    Height: 5-7
    Complexion: Dark
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Mike Bozenich, father, Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Itasca Iron News, Coleraine, Minnesota - June 18, 1941 - "A LETTER FROM MIKE BOZANICH ON ARMY LIFE - Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, Company E, 4th Battalion, June 3, 1941 - Mr. H. E. Barnes, Editor, The Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - Dear Mr. Barnes: I have an express wish to inform you and your readers of the life and steps an inducted man will follow in the Army. In the following paragraphs I will enumerate the steps a drafted man will follow:
    1. All men are sent first to a Reception Center where he is "Processsed" or prepared for another camp called a Replacement Center. At the Reception Center a soldier is given a physical examination; an issue of clothing; the oath of allegiance is given, at which time your pay starts; the Articles of War, your Army Law is read and explained to you; health and hygiene talks are given; an intelligence test is given which determines your classification along with an interview. At the Reception Center it is important to express your desires as to the type of Service you want to enter or the type of duties you want to perform, as the Reception Center determines where you are to be sent for training.
    2. After the Reception Center has "Processed" you, you then go to a Replacement Center to receive your training in your particular branch of service such as artillery, infantry, anti-aircraft, aviation, signal corps, etc. The length of training varies as to the type of service you are in or degree of skill necessary. As a general rule special schools are set up to train you in specific lines of duty or skills.
    3. After completing your training in a Replacement Center, you are sent to various parts of the country to help fill various divisions to full time war strength.
    All men who are inducted into the Army will have a problem of adjusting themselves to the new life they are entering. In the Army you eat, sleep and perform duties as directed, or suffer the consequences. It is important to know military courtesy and discipline in order to get along. There is also a bright side of Army life. You are given three day passes occasionally in which you can visit the surrounding territory. The railroads offer you reduced rates and Y.M.C.A. hotels special rates. You get to meet many people that you would not ordinarily meet. In the East where I am and have been such as New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Boston, you can visit all historic points free, whereas others pay a fee. Yours truly, Mike Bozanich."

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - June 23, 1944 - "May 19, 1944. Dear Horace: I am in England at the present time and have been here for some time. So far I have seen quite a bit of this island, but as of late I have not had the opportunity to see very much of it, because we are busy to prepare for things to come. It really is some country to see. It is very picturesque and real clean and neat. It is everything that the books say it is. I am not saying that I would like to live here, far be it from that. I have spent six week ends in London since I have been here and have been in some of the fireworks. In London I saw the historic points of interest such as Big Ben, Westminister Abby, St. Paul's Cathedral, House of Parliment, Madame Tusans Art Gallery, London Tower, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, etc. People in England are great believers of free speech, and if you could spend a Sunday afternoon in Hyde Park, you would see a good example of it. Thousands gather here to listen to the crackpots and politicians. My brother, George, had quite a bit of tough luck since he has been here, spending a good portion of his time in the hospital. Have seen him quite a number of times, because I was quite close to him. He wants to get in the thick of it while he is here and with his buddies. I'm in the rear of the grandstand in this affair, but hope to get a close view. How are my folks getting along? Heard Johnny Specht is in the Navy. The best of luck to him. That doesn't leave very many left in Bovey. Pretty soon there will not be enough to play any cards with or go fishing with. Please send the paper to my new address and keep up the good work. Hope to hear from you. Sincerely, Lt. M. E. Bozanich."
    Newspaper article - Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - March 1945 - "A few minutes ago, Lt. Mike Bozanich just came in. He is back from overseas, and is to be stationed in Chicago."

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Michael Bozenich married Mary Ann Grivich.

    Michael Bozenich died in Harvey, Illinois and is buried in Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, Illinois.

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