Tuesday, September 13, 2011


(Back row L to R - John (Army), Stanley (Army), Joe (Marines), Adam (Army), Matt (Army) and Charles (Navy)

Pawtucket Times, July 6, 1944
- The six Tumidajski brothers, sons of Mrs.Victoria Tumidajski of 100 Raymond Ave, are threatening Japan and Germany in three branches of the service.

One is already in the Southwest Pacific and another is serving on a ship on the high seas.

When Storekeeper First Class Charles Tumidajski, 23, enlisted in the Navy back in October,1940, Pearl Harbor was still more than a year away. Mrs. Tumidajski had an easy time keeping track of his whereabouts in the service.

She had watched Charles graduate from Pawtucket East High School and Bryant College before becoming a clerk at the R.I. Lumber Company in East Providence.

When Charles enlisted, his mother didn't know that some day five (of her other seven sons) would also be in the service. Then the Japs struck at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7,1941.

Corporal Joseph Tumidajski, Jr, 25, didn't wait for his induction call and enlisted in the branch which causes terror to the Japs--the Marines--in January,1942. He went into the service with a thorough knowledge of teamwork learned from his experiences playing amateur football, softball and baseball. He had been employed by the Newman Crosby Steel Corporation.

On Nov. 4, 1942, Mrs. Tumidajski bade two other sons Goodbye. Sgt. Adam Tumisdajski, 29, went on California desert maneuvers with an armored tank division. He was formerly employed by the General Ice Cream Corporation.

Leaving with him was Sgt. Stanley Tumidajski, 33, a former employee of General Cable Corporation, who became a member of the Armored Tank Division in California.

Two days before the first anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Private First Class John Tumidajski, 31, went off to the field artillery at Camp Jackson, SC, where he was asigned after his induction on Dec. 5, 1942. He graduated from East High in 1931, where he participated in football. He was formerly employed by the General Cable Corporation as a wire worker.

The last son to leave for service was Pvt. Matthew Tumidajski, 21, who was inducted in Sept, 1943, and is now attached to the Medic Corps at Camp Grant, III.

The mother of these six soldiers is just marking time until another son, Walter, 38, leaves. He was recently classified as I-A (meaning he's next to go in the draft).

EPILOGUE: the sons all came home from the war and are now deceased, according to family friend Tom Lutz. "They still have relatives living the Bishop's Bend section of Pawtucket" Lutz said.