Army Badge
  • Name: Mike Paul Dimich
  • Location of Birth: Lawrence Lake Township, Itasca County, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 22, 1926
  • Date of Death: March 4, 2015
  • Parents: Paul Dimich & Manda (Voyvodich) Dimich
  • High School and Class: 1944 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: S SGT (Staff Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: August 9, 1944
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • Military Highlights:
    World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
    Name: Mike P. Dimish [sp]
    Birth Year: 1926
    Race: White, citizen
    Nativity State or Country: Minnesota
    State of Residence: Minnesota
    County or City: Itasca
    Enlistment Date: August 9, 1944
    Enlistment State: Minnesota
    Enlistment City: Fort Snelling
    Branch: Air Corps
    Branch Code: Air Corps
    Grade: Private
    Grade Code: Private
    Terms of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
    Component: Reserves – exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men – O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status)
    Source: Enlisted Reserve or Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer
    Education: 4 years of high school
    Marital status: Single, without dependents
    Height: 10 [? - no original document available to verify]
    Weight: 000 [? - no original document available to verify]

    Newspaper article: February 1946 – “Fifth Air Force, Japan – Mike P. Dimich, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dimich of Bovey, was recently promoted to Sergeant. Sgt. Dimich entered the service in July of 1944, and attended B-17 and B-29 gunnery school at Las Vegas, Nevada and B-17 Armament School at Lowry Field, Colorado. An active athlete at Greenway high school in Coleraine, Sergeant Dimich also held the job of physical training instructor at Lowry Field. Overseas since December 1945, the Sergeant is a clerk typist in the Intelligence Office, Headquarters Irumagawa Army Air Base, Japan, assigned to the 5th Air Force.”

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Mike Dimich married Betty Saidoo in 1947.

    Mike died in Flint, Michigan and is buried in Assyrian Cemetery, Flint, Michigan. He is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Stan (Susan) Dimich, Dan (Rosemary) Dimich, and Paula (Kevin) Koplen; twelve grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy, Anne, and Helen (Norman); and brother-in-law, Peter Saidoo. He was preceded in death by his son, Milan; brother, George; brother-in-law, Nick; and sister-in-law, Josephine.

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