On December 30, 1943 that same
newspaper had the above photograph of Pittsburgh
area men attending communications school at Fort
Benning, GA. Michael is shown as the third
On 2 March 1944 Pvt Lomakin was transferred to Hq
Hq, 508th PIR.
He was promoted to Pfc on 16
February 1945 and was discharged on 2 January 1946.
MICHAEL P. "MINKY"
Age 82, Mon., Oct. 14, 2002.
Born on Nov.21, 1919 in Pgh, [Pittsburgh] son of the
late Rev. Nicholas and Helen Catcher Lomakin.
Minky grew up in Woods Run on the north side of Pgh.,
he was a Paratrooper and Lineman in WWII having
jumped on D-Day at St. Lo, he was also in the Battle
of the Bulge and fought in other major battles of
the European campaign, he owned his own business,
Lomakin Painting for many years. After his
retirement due to a disability, he enjoyed gardening
and making crafts. He spend [sic] endless
hours working on his plastic canvas needlepoint
which he loved givng as gifts to friends & family.
Until recent years he enjoyed swimming, attending
the monthly Oliver H.S. reunion luncheons, and
the Senior Citizen Center. He was a member of
the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church in Carnegie.
He spend [sic] his last few years as a resident of
the Sunrise Assisted Living Center in Greentree.
His loving wife of 48 years, Martha Masko Lomakin
and his brother Nick preceded him in death; his
children Nadine Lomakin and Gregory of Greentree;
son-in-law Michael McPhilmy and daughter-in-law
Sarah Lomak survive him as do many nieces and
nephews. Family and friends will be received
at VLADIMIR S. CORBA FUNERAL HOM4E, 300 E. Main St.,
Carnegie, Tues., 7-9PM, Wed., 2-4 and
7-9PM. Funeral Thurs. 10AM at Holy
Virgin Russian Orthodox Church Parastas* 7:30 PM on
[* A Standing Service, denoting the ancient
custom of standing to pray.]
Pittsburgh, PA, Tuesday, October 15, 2002, Page 17]
(courtesy of "Kari")
Grave marker for Michael P. Lomakin
in Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church Cemetery,
Green Tree (Allegheny county), Pennsylvania.
Michael enlisted in the Army at
Pittsburgh, PA on 21 October 1942 and volunteered
for parachutist duty.
article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh,
PA), Wednesday, December 1, 1943 Page 16 listed him
amongst local men who had just completed jump