Valach, John Mike, WT1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1945-1945, WT-0000, NAVSTA Bremerton, WA
Service Years
1942 - 1945
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Contact Info
Home Town
Cohagan, MT
Last Address
Miles City, MT

Date of Passing
Jan 14, 2004
Location of Interment
Eastern Montana Veterans Cemetery - Miles City, Montana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Dept of MontanaUnited States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National Registry
  1945, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of Montana (Fort Harrison, Montana) - Chap. Page
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry

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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
USS Lexington (CV-16)NAVSTA Bremerton, WA
  1943-1945, WT-0000, USS Lexington (CV-16)
  1945-1945, WT-0000, NAVSTA Bremerton, WA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 01, 1943, Promoted to WT2
  Sep 01, 1944, Promoted to WT1
  Apr 11, 2019, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

John Mike Valach was born on a homestead north of Cohagen to John and Emilie (Uherka) Valach on September 2, 1920. Due to drought and family medical expenses they had to give up the homestead and move to Miles City when John was 6 years old. Speaking only Czech language, it was a traumatic experience for John when he started school at Garfield Elementary, but with the help of family members, friends, and teachers he was able to overcome the temporary disadvantage. He graduated from CCDHS with the class of 1939 and was proud to be 1st chair clarinetist in the All State High School Band.

Being 21, on Pearl Harbor Day, military enlistment and induction loomed, and he choose to enlist in the Navy. He was a "Plank Owner" indicating he was aboard the USS Lexington when it was constructed and served aboard the "Blue Ghost" for 3 1/2 years in the fire room operating the ship's boilers in the Southern Pacific Theatre. He was honorably discharged in November 1945 and worked in Douglas Aircraft in
Los Angeles, California area for 3 1/2 years making parts for experimental airplanes. In 1950, he returned to Miles City and worked for MDU for 32 years before retiring.

In 1945, he married childhood sweetheart Mildred Sutera, and they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in June. They had two children, Arlis Bidwell of
Broadview, Montana, and Dale Valach of Issaquah, Washington.

John was an avid fisherman. He was very creative making tin men, doing carpentry, and even oil painting pictures. He was always inventing something or inventing a better way to do something. John had life memberships in the Elks Lodge and the VFW, is a member of the Mason Lodge and the Eagles. He has attended the First Presbyterian Church in
Miles City
for 53 years and served as an Elder. John's hobbies and interests included being a member of the Elk's band, Square dancing, Ham radio and traveling after retirement.
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