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Jack Radinsky O-474954

Discussion in 'All Hands Club & Canteen Discussion Area' started by Cololab, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. Cololab

    Cololab Member

    Could any of you more advanced (than me) researchers be so kind as to see what might be out there on Jack Radinsky? Other than a mention in his obituary that he was in the Army Air Force during WWII, I have no idea to which unit he was assigned. I have his Technical Observer wings and other rank/insignia items, so I feel confident that he was associated in some capacity with the AAF.

    His obituary also states that he was military governor of Munich, but I have no verification of that.

  2. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    do you know if Jack is short for John? Since you have his obit can you tell us where and when he died. Better yet, can you scan and post it here?
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  3. Cololab

    Cololab Member

    He is listed as Jack on the obituary, however I found his name as Jack M. Radinsky on a search of his name and "O" number.

    I've attached the obit from the Denver Post.

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  4. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    I found this:

    "Might" suggest he was in the 391st BS, 34th BG, if you believe the caption on Worthpoint. If you click on the images and enlarge, it appears one of the letters has a Colorado return address.
    Jack M Radinsky was from Denver.

    However, I wonder if he was in the 391st FS, 366th FG. The photos seem to show a lot of P-47s. I started to look up some of the names that show. "Hey Bernice" is here, even appears to be the same photo. The plane was in the 391st FS, 366th FG:

    http://www.366fightergroupassoc.org/NAHey Bernice.htm
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  5. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    Found his draft card, so far not much else.

    RADINSKY 1.jpg

    RADINSKY 2.jpg
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  6. Cololab

    Cololab Member

    That's interesting, thanks!

    It looks like the top card must date from 1942 since he lists his age as 40. I wonder why he would have registered in 1947 as the bottom card is dated if he had served in WWII? Would he not have possibly been in some active or inactive reserve status in 1947?
  7. Cololab

    Cololab Member

    Here is what I bought at the estate sale. I always wondered why there were no papers, photos, etc. at the sale. Guess they went somewhere else either before or after I was there. I'm pretty certain I asked about other items, but was told nothing else existed.

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  8. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    Missed the apparent difference between his age and the date on the second image. Both images were filed together on fold3 giving the impression that they were two side of the same card.
  9. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    From Ancestry. Guess he was not fond of his first name.

    Moses J Radinsky
    in the 1940 United States Federal Census
    Moses J Radinsky
    Respondent: Yes
    Age: 38
    Estimated birth year: abt 1902
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birthplace: Colorado
    Marital Status: Married
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Home in 1940: Denver, Denver, Colorado
    Map of Home in 1940: View Map
    Street: Jackson Street
    House Number: 465
    Farm: No
    Inferred Residence in 1935: Houston, Texas
    Residence in 1935: Houston, Texas
    Sheet Number: 6A
    Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 137
    Occupation: Manager
    House Owned or Rented: Rented
    Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 50
    Attended School or College: No
    Highest Grade Completed: High School, 4th year
    Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 44
    Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
    Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
    Income: 2340
    Income Other Sources: No
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age

    Moses J Radinsky 38
    Agnes Radinsky 34
    David Radinsky 13
    Leona Chandler 21

    In the U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    Jack M. Radinsky
    SSN: 523-07-4660
    BORN: 7 Jan 1902
    Died: 4 Nov 1990
    State (Year) SSN issued: Colorado (Before 1951)

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  10. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    Good catch Scott. Maybe we can find additional info under Moses. Looks like he switched his names around from Moses J. to Jack M. Makes sense if he could possibly have ended up in Germany.
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  11. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

  12. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    Very interesting Jaap.
  13. Cololab

    Cololab Member

    I appreciate the info you all have thus far shared.

    I tried to no avail to find the sale info on eBay for the photos and document grouping; thinking the purchaser might be interested in the items I have. I agree that all the photos in that group certainly suggests a fighter and not a bomber outfit. Who knows if the description of the AAF outfit was accurate. It would be nice to know which is correct.

    On the back of this rifle qualification badge is scratched "Jack Radinsky" and the number "193?".

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  14. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Probably of zero consequence to the theme of this thread. Jack and Agnes did book passage from New York, NY to Le Havre, France and back, traveling on US passports via the SS Ile De France, departing 16 May returning 23 July 1952 (68 day duration). Probably just a European vacation.

    Edit: So he also went by John at times, found several instances, and wife Agnes remains the same
    In the U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 (bottom right corner of attached directory)
    Name: John M Radinsky Maj
    Gender: Male
    Residence Year: 1945
    Street address: 650 Ivy
    Residence Place: Denver, Colorado, USA
    Occupation: United States Army
    Spouse: Agnes Radinsky
    Publication Title: Denver, Colorado, City Directory, 1945

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  15. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    Trying to pull some clues out of his ribbons. Have ID'd 8 out of the 9.

    Top row: Bronze Star, Army Commendation, WWI Victory Medal

    Middle row: ???, Army of Occupation, WWII Victory Medal

    Bottom row: EAM Campaign Medal, American Campaign, American Defense

    Any ideas on the first one in the middle row?

    Interesting that he served in both wars.

    RADINSKY 3.jpg
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  16. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    I think it looks like a WWI Belgium Croix de Guerre with palm leaf. But if he was born in 1902 and served in WWI, he would have been what 16 years old?????

    See the WWI ribbon bar on the right side of page below the medal.

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  17. Cololab

    Cololab Member

    Just saw the match to the Belgian ribbon. Seems that award was reinstituted in 1940 for WW2 so maybe it was actually a WWI ribbon he used. Does bring into question the WWI victory ribbon though.
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  18. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    A few more bits of his life, but no help.

    RADINSKY 4.jpg

    RADINSKY 5.jpg
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  19. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Also of curiosity is the EAM Campaign Medal with 2 bronze stars and one silver. The silver star represents 5 campaigns, so in total seven (7) campaigns are represented here.
  20. Cololab

    Cololab Member

    Moses, Jack, John; sure had a time deciding which name he liked.

    Even if he entered service in early war, in how many ETO campaigns could he have likely participated?

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