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Raymond Conrad Rajek
Ray Rajek, WWII
Ray Rajek, WWII
Recent Address:
713 Chestnut Street, Marathon, WI 54448
Email:
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Family Information:
Parents: Paul and Christina; Wife: Angeline; Sibling: Alfred, Harry, Lorettta, Marion, Lillian; Children: Kenneth, Robert, David, Wiliam, Michael, Susan and Sally.
Hometown:
Marathon, WI
Date Entered Service:
June 26, 1943
Service Number:
36824138
Bomb Group:
468th
Squadron:
793rd
Location of Unit:
Tinian; July 15, 1945
Missions Flown:
4
Hump Missions Flown:
Targets:
Saga, Marcus Island, Fukuyama, Hikari
Awards/Decorations:
American Theater Service Medal,Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Air Offensive Japan, Eastern Mandates, Western Pacific Campaign, AAF Air Crew Member Badge (Wings)
Service Schools Attended:
Gunnery School - Las Vegas, NV Jan 1944; Airplane Mech. Elect. B-29 - Amarillo, TX Mar 1944; Gunnery School B-29 - Ft. Myers, FL Jul 1944
Military Specialty(ies):
MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge:
Staff Sergeant
Crew Type:
Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:
44-61672 Eight Ball
Were you a POW?
No
Were you interned?
No
Date Transferred from the 58th:
February 9, 1946
Date Discharged from the 58th:
March 2, 1946
Post-WWII Military Service:
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Partner with two brothers in the feed business -- grinding and mixing feed for dairy cows, hogs and chickens. Retired in 1986.
Ray owned and operated the Marathon Elevator with his two brothers Alfred and Harry until 1984. He was a dedicated member of the American Legion Post 469 for 65 years and a member of the Legion Firing Squad. Ray was a 35 year member of the Marathon Volunteer Fire Department, a lifelong member and volunteer at St. Mary's Parish in Marathon, a member of St. Leo's Court No. 795 Catholic Order of Foresters, and a member of the Holy Name Society.
In his lifetime, Ray liked taking trips with his family, going to the Green Bay Packer and Milwaukee Brewer games. He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, golfing, watching NASCAR races, and listening to polka music.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
It was an honor for me to have served in the 58th Bomb Wing. The members in my crew were all good military men. They all knew their job very well.
Comments:
Mr. Rajek passed away on June 13, 2009. He is buried at St. Mary Cemetery, Marathon, WI
Ray Rajek, c.2000
Ray Rajek, c.2000

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