Biography of Michael Mihalko

Chenango Valley State Park, Chenango Forks, Pulaski, New York & Company 293, Camp NF-9, Port Angeles, Washington & Company 3224, Camp SCS-9, Washington

USMC

     My Father Michael Mihalko of Endicott, New York enlisted in the CCCs at age 18. He started on April 11, 1939 at the Dept. at Chenango Valley State Park, Chenango Forks, NY, doing pick and shovel labor there until April 2, 1940. During his first month there, he was put on the Honor Roll for Technical Service. He was then sent for a short week to Fort Dix, NJ while waiting for reasignment. On April 11, 1940, he went to Camp NF-9 in Washington, Company 293 as a Camp Carpenter and earned a "very satisfactory" review. This camp was located in Port Angeles, Washington. From July 25 to September 20, 1940, he served on Kitchen Police at Camp SCS-9 in Washington with Company 3224. For July of that year, he was voted the man with the "Best Physique". During mid to late September, he traveled to Sea Girt, New Jersey to await discharge on September 26, 1940. He did not re-enlist. Less than two months later, he instead enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

   I still have my father's CCC footlocker. I have not knowledge about if he had to buy it or not. It is lockable; there is a loop through a tongue through which you could put a lock. It has a tray on top with 3 divided sections. The tray comes out for access to the deeper bottom part. I have not idea about how useful my father found the footlocker, but it stored a lot of his stuff from the CCC and WWII.

----- Patricia Milich

        ppmilich@calweb.com

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