Mike Koskovich stands outside his home in Hayfield right before he left for basic training in San Antonio Texas.
By Tara Lindquist
Dave Senjem is widely known as the state senator for District 25; yet he shared of a simpler time as a boy and his quest to learn what really happened to his childhood buddy, Mike.
Growing up in Hayfield in the 1950's Dave Senjem and Mike Koskovich were inseparable, spending their days riding bike, playing basketball and "doing what boys did," Senjem said. He remembers the camp outs where Himle Park is now and weekend trips to Mike's cabin.
"We were just two kids from Hayfield," Senjem said. "He was like a brother to me."
After graduation in 1962, Senjem and Koskovich took different paths in life; Senjem went off to college and after two years in college Koskovich joined the Army and became a fighter pilot. Senjem signed up for Navy Officer training but wasn't allowed in due to being colorblind. He became draft ready instead, but his number was never picked.
Koskovich went through flight school in San Antonio and then on to Vietnam. Senjem said he really didn't hear from his friend too often, a letter here and there but that was it. He remembers being incredibly proud of his friend for serving.