John R. Mikulich

John Mikulich, 1944
John Mikulich, 1944
Recent Address: 9351 Rayna Drive, Davison, MI 48423
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Family Info: Parents: Louis and Frances; Siblings: Louis, William, Robert
Hometown: Traunik, MI
Date Entered Service: March 1943
Service Number: 02074522
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 25th
Squadron:
Location of Unit: Chakulia, India & Tinian Feb-Apr 1945
Missions Flown: 34
Hump Missions: One - via Tinian
Targets: Singapore, Rangoon, Kure (2), O Shima, Nagoya (2), Hamamatsu, Tokyo (3), Yokohama, Osaka (3), Kobe, Kashumiguara, Omuta, Toyohashi, Kagamigahara, Okayama, Takamatsu, Chiba, Sendai, Utsonomiya, Namazu, Fukui, Tsu, Hachiogi, Imabari, Fukuyama, Hikari
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars
Service Schools: Gunnery School-Kingman, AZ Aug-Sep 1944; Navigation-Hondo, TX Jul-Oct 1944; Radar-Langley Field, VA Nov-Dec 1944
MOS: MOS 0142-Radar Observer, Bombardment, MOS 1034-Navigator
Rank Upon Discharge: 1st Lieutenant
Crew Type: Flight crew
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Date Discharged: November 29, 1946
Post WWII Service: Air Force Reserve, discharged in August, 1957 as Captain
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Field of Education -- Teaching & Administration for 37 years. 11 years as City Councilman
Thoughts About the 58th: A very rewarding and gratifying experience. There was a great deal of pride flying in a superb B-29 airplane and manned by a crew of dedicated, efficient and effective men.. And, in the words of General LeMay quoting General Spaatz to General Arnold on August 7, 1945, “This is the best organized and most proficient military organization the world has seen to date.” One cannot help but feel good that you were part of an organization that contributed to the demise of the Japanese Empire.
Comments:
It is disheartening to think that many who would love to be part of the activities and dedication are gone or have health problems that limit their mobility. Congratulations to all who have worked hard to bring this tribute (May 31, 2003) to fruition.
Mr. Mikulich passed away March 29, 2012

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