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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 from right.

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.



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 Wednesday.

[* A Standing Service, denoting the ancient custom of standing to pray.]

[Pittsburg Post-Gazette, 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.

An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), Wednesday, December 1, 1943 Page 16 listed him amongst local men who had just completed jump training.



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