Myron “Mike” Kumin
by Zack Kumin
Mike Kumin- WWII Veteran
In August of 1943, Mike Kumin went to war at the age of 23. Mike grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts, before he joined the army to join the American troops in Algiers, Africa. By the age of 22 Mike was graduating from college, and wanted to help out the American troops in battle. Mike said “It was just as well to be lucky, not dying, and not finding yourself in troublesome conditions, and you have no control of where you are.” When everyone left home, they did not know if they were going to make it back. Many men did not. Mike felt guilty when he came home and others did not. Every man that put his life on the line to fight in this war was a hero whether or not they made it home.
Mike Kumin joined the army in August 1941. he started to train in Officer’s Candidate School (OCS) for one and a half to two years. He was put into OCS. They were known as a “five striper” or a “sergeant”, a “SGT”. He spent three months at the school. The school was for making the soldiers into good physical shape. They had to crawl under barbed wire while other soldiers shot above them. So if anyone got up they would be shot.
Tour of Duty
Mike shipped out on a troop carrier first and was sent out from Ft. Dix, New Jersey. Mike first landed in Algiers in Africa. They camped out in Algiers for two weeks, living in tents. Then they headed for Italy on a boat with nurses, who weeks before had been on a ship that had been to Tripoli. The men had to sleep in their clothes. Eight men slept in a room and the trip took about one week. Their ship was one of many ships in a large convoy that included destroyers to protect them. The ship was named the S.S. Montove.
Mike had a few other jobs such as drilling troops of 300, mess supervisor (in charge of food), and also General’s aide when he went to southern Paris, France in June,1944. When he was the Company Supervisor, officers in the company roomed together in Italy, and all of the other officers were technical officers, and had nothing in common with them.
End of War
While my Grandfather was in the war he was not part of the front lines fighting but he made up the strategies for plans of winning the war. The efforts he made in communications were a big part of communicating with troops in the battle field situation. Every soldier that served in this war was a hero and made all the efforts to fight for our freedom, and they will always be remembered.
Interview with Myron Kumin, January,2006
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