Army Badge
  • Name: Peter "Pete" John Kovacovich
  • Location of Birth: Bovey, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 21, 1920
  • Date of Death: November 12, 2002
  • Parents: Steve Kovacovich & Barbara (Shustarich) Kovacovich
  • High School and Class: 1938 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: T SGT (Technical Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: July 31, 1942
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: September 28, 1945
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:
    Air Medal
    Purple Heart

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Peter John Kovacovich
    Race: White
    Age: 21
    Birth Date: February 21, 1920
    Birth Place: Bovey, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: July 1, 1941
    Employer: Danube Mining Co., Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 155
    Height: 5-9
    Complexion: Sallow
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Steve Kovacovich, Rt. 2, Bovey, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota – December 11, 1942 – “Dear Friends: I received your wonderful Christmas present and thank you for it very much. It is very nice that you are sending presents to all the boys in the army from Bovey and I know they will appreciate them as much as I do. I am a part of the Air Corps here at Wenover Field and it feels good to know I am doing my part to help win this war. Once again I thank you for your wonderful present and hope to get a furlough and come back and see good old Bovey again. So until then, I remain one of the soldier boys. Sincerely yours, Pvt. Peter Kovacovich.”

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota – July 30, 1943 – “Chicago, Ill., June 28, 1943. Dear Mr. Clem: Yes, I did go to school while you were Principal in Bovey, for a few months. I went to kindergarten, tho not too long. I sure am missing that, but I still remember it. I’m going to radio school here in Chicago and will graduate the 15th of July as radio operator and mechanic. It’s really been a long hard course, but I’m glad to say that I have learned a lot and believe I can handle my job when called upon to do it. Don’t know when I will get a chance to see good old Bovey again, but hope it’s not too long. I sure am missing that great sport of fishing that our State is noted for and am always “bragging” about it to the other boys. I want to thank you for the nice letter, Mr. Clem, and also the Service Men’s Club for the wonderful job it’s doing. I am receiving the Bovey Press regular and sure do appreciate reading it, especially the back page with the letters from the boys and Ann’s wonderful column. Give my regards to all my friends in Bovey and the boys in the Service. So long and here’s hoping to be seeing you all soon. Sincerely, Peter Kovacovich.”

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota – December 24, 1943 – “Dear Friends: Although I have moved around a lot and had a change in address, your very nice Christmas card reached me yesterday (Dec. 5). I want to express my thanks and I really enjoyed receiving it, as I know all the other boys in the service from Bovey did. I’ve been here in Wendover for about a month going to gunnery school and expect to graduate in about a week. A guy sure has to go thru a lot of schools before he gets his wings to fly. But I guess it won’t be too long now before I’ll get my heart’s desire. If my luck holds out, I expect to get a furlough and come back to good Bovey again before long. So until then, I’ll say so long and express my thanks to the Service men’s Club for the wonderful job it’s doing for us boys. Sincerely, Peter Kovacovich.”

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - 1944 – "Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kovacovich also received a telegram from their son Peter Kovacovich, who has been “missing in action” for over a month in Italy. Peter was in the 15th Air Force that was said to have returned in news over the radio last week. Peter’s folks heard the broadcast and had hopes he was in the bunch that had made their way back. The very next day they received the telegram.

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota – January 26, 1945 – “Italy, Dec. 20th. Dear Mrs. Rost: My many thanks to you and the Bovey Service Men’s Club for your Christmas gift. It honestly was good to see some good old Uncle Sam’s money again for a change. I know it’s going to surprise you to receive this letter from me, for in the past I had neglected to write to you folks. I hope you will forgive me for I’m not much of a hand at letter writing. I’d much rather read some of the other boys’ letters on the back page of the Bovey Press. Incidentally, the Bovey Press and Reader’s Digest reach me quite regular and are enjoyed and appreciated very much. I still have a few more missions to fly and then will be heading for good old Bovey again. Plan on being with you some time in the early spring. Once again, my many thanks to you, Ann, and all the folks back home who are helping to make this army life easier for us boys. Also my best regards to all the boys in the service from up Bovey way. So long and hoping to be with you soon. Sincerely, Peter Kovacovich.”

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - January 1945 – Boveyite Decorated in Italy – Pvt. Peter Kovacovich, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kovacovich of Bovey, located somewhere in Italy, received his Purple Heart from Colonel McGregor. He was wounded in the eye by German flak, but is all right now. He also was awarded the Air Medal.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:
    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - 1944 – "Among the American prisoners of war who returned to the American lines when Romania turned back her prisoners was Peter Kovacovich of Lawrence township, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kovacovich. He was reported “missing in action” some time ago and was captured when he was over oil fields of Romania. He is a radio operator."

  • Civilian Life:
    Peter Kovacovich received electrical training in Chicago and then worked as an electrician for Minnesota Power until his retirement. He married Violet Mitrovich in 1950 in Minnesota.

    Pete died in Coon Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Eveleth Cemetery, Eveleth, Minnesota. He is survived by his son, Glen (Claudette) Kovacovich; a daughter, Susan (Steve) Demorlis; five grandchildren; a brother, Robert Kovacovich; four sisters, Ruby (Jim) Rudick, Millie Mandich, Zori (Steve) Rukavina, and Dorothy (Dale) Nordin; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet, in 2002 and a sister, Mary.

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