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Marvin Philip Udevitz

T/3 in 3133rd Signal Service Co

Military occupational specialty: 207 (sound recording equipment maintenance man)


Born 1923 in CO, Died 2002

County of residence at enlistment: Laramie County, WY
Other residence(s): Cheyenne, WY
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: student
College education before the war: Univ. of Colorado 2+ years
College education after the war: Univ. of Colorado
Notes: Rank changed from PFC in GA roster to T/3 per discharge papers; T/5 in 1944 Christmas Program
Source: 3133rd Program, 15 Sep 1944; 3133rd roster from 10th Mountain Division Museum at Fort Drum; AES 1944 Christmas Dinner Program

Marvin Udevitz was born on March 10, 1923 in Denver, CO, the second of four children. His father had emigrated from Belarus, and his mother from England (her parents were Romanian.) The family moved to Cheyenne, WY later in the 1920s, where Marvin's father started the first bus company for public transportation. He was also a fur trader, working as part of a group called Wyoming Hide and Fur.

After he graduated from high school, Marvin went off to Boulder to study engineering at the University of Colorado. When he filled out his draft registration, on June 30, 1942, he said that he was working for his father at Wyoming Hide and Fur. He enlisted that fall, and was called to duty in April, 1943.

During the war Marvin studied electrical engineering for five months as part of the Army Service Training Program (ASTP) at Michigan Technology College. He served in Italy in the spring of 1945 as part of the 3133 Signal Service Company, and was released from the Army in February, 1946 with the rank of T/3. His discharge papers note that he possessed considerable skills in weaponry, having qualified as a rifle sharpshooter, a carbine marksman, and an expert submachine gunner.

He then returned to the University of Colorado, where he completed his degree in electrical engineering, and was inducted into Sigma Tau, the engineering honor society.

In June, 1955 he married Dorothy Dveirin, and they would go on to have two children: Mark and Debbie.

Early in his career he worked in Wyoming and Alaska for the Bureau of Reclamation. He spent over 30 years in the aerospace industry, mostly in systems engineering with Martin Marietta in Denver, CO and Las Cruces, NM. He was particularly proud of his work on SkyLab (the first US space station) and the Viking Missions to Mars. In 1977 he was part of a group that won a NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award.

He died on December 16, 2002, in Englewood, CO. He is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Commerce City, CO.

According to his obituary in the Denver Post, "Marvin was devoted to his family and freely gave of his wide ranging knowledge and his considerable mechanical and technical skills to anyone who asked. He loved to camp, fish and boat. He took great joy in every day and in living life to its fullest."

NOTE: Marvin's brother Norman was a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist for the Denver Post. So they both pursued investigations with different techniques and objectives!


1930 census

1942 draft card

1942 enlistment record

1946 Enlisted Record and Report of Separation

1949 U. of Colorado yearbook

1955 marriage record

1977 NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award (see p. 420 of the document)

1993-1997 Las Cruces NM city directory

2002 VA death record

2002 Obituary in Denver Post

History of Mt. Sinai Congregation, Cheyenne

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