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The Northern Territory Library wishes to update its Roll of Honour database created http://www.ntlexhibit.nt.gov.au/exhibits/show/bod
to commemorate those who were killed or who died as a result of their wounds received on 19th February 1942 when Darwin was bombed.
Victor Frederick Radzinski, Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class (375-96-97), was born in New Jersey in 1911, the son of Thomas and Rose Radzinski. Victor and his brother George were part of a family of thirteen children. Their mother was widowed in 1929; in 1930 they were living at Rocky River, Cuyahoga, Ohio.
By 1942 Rose had four sons in the US Navy in the Pacific, four sons in the Army, and the youngest at seventeen wanted to join the paratroopers, but eventually joined the marines. Her two oldest sons worked in the US Navy shipyards and one daughter was also in the service.
George and Victor were the only two of her children to die in the war. They initially served on the Medusa, along with their younger brother, Harry. All three of them were serving on the Medusa in Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941. George and Victor transferred to the Peary in February 1942.
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