Army Badge
  • Name: Nick Mike Dimich Sr.
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: September 19, 1919
  • Date of Death: February 18, 2015
  • Parents: Mike Dimich & Rose (Sterkovich) Dimich
  • High School and Class: 1938 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: March 1941
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  • Date of Discharge: October 15, 1945
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Nick Mike Dimich
    Race: White
    Age: 21
    Birth Date: September 19, 1919
    Birth Place: Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: RFD 2, Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Pickands Mather Co., Danube Mining Co., Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 154
    Height: 5-8
    Complexion: Dark
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Black
    Next of Kin: Mike Dimich, father, RFD No. 2, Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota – November 20, 1942 – “Dear Members: The Christmas gift you’ve sent arrived today, and I wish to express my thankfulness for the kind-hearted gesture on your part. It came in perfect condition, and the assortment plentiful enough to make any soldier’s eyes sparkle. I also want to thank the entire group of Bovey Girl Scouts for their gift enclosed. It must be a quite difficult job getting presents to all Bovey’s service men, with the ever-increasing number departing. I presume the country is well represented by our village. All is well here, though the major fault being lack of action. With world battlefronts flaring up in many important theaters on the globe, it makes us detest retiring after remaining idle thruout so many battles. We well understand that everyone cannot be at the right place at the right time for any certain conflict. Again, may I thank you for the gift which was so heartily received. May my service be equivalent to your kindness. Greatfully, Nicky (Dimich).”

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - “Pueblo, Colorado, September 27, 1945 – Dear Members: I never was anyone to do much writing and it is with regret that I write this, because Ann is gone, and it doesn’t seem right to do it now. Of all the towns and cities I’ve been thru and stationed at in the past nearly five years, none had a page like Ann’s in their newspaper None had even a person to write up for its service men, let alone having one to compete with Ann. Bovey never will be the same to all of GI’s that are coming back, some soon like myself in only a matter of weeks. It won’t seem the same getting off the bus at its Bovey stop, and I know how the village and surrounding territory feels at this sad ending. It won’t seem the same ever for us servicemen and women reading the back page of the Bovey Press with Ann’s column bringing us a cheerful note from home. It’s too late to express my appreciation to Ann’s devotion to all in the service, tho I want you to know how I feel and it’s my honest belief that all of us, in service or not, share this great shock and grief alike. As ever, Nick (Dimich)”

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Nick Dimich married Milica (“Millie”) Dimich in 1946 in Chisholm. Nick worked as the head carpenter for Cleveland Cliffs Mining Co. at the Canisteo Mine. Prior to that he and a partner owned a carpentry company called “Dimich & Cook”. He also had a sideline concrete step company. He was a member of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, SOAR (Steelworkers of America Retired) and a loyal union member.

    Nick died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota. He is survived by his sons, Rod (Kristin) Dimich and Nick Dimich, Jr.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Rose Jackson; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Millie in 2007; infant daughter Betty Ann in 1951; sister Ruby Delich; and brothers Mike and Peter Dimich.

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