Radulovich, Milo, 1926-2007

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Milo Radulovich was a reserve Air Force officer, who during the height of the Cold War and the influence of Senator Joseph McCarthy, was accused of being a security risk. His case was used by CBS News and Edward R. Murrow in a "See It Now" program exposing the unfair tactics and accusations of McCarthy.

From the description of Milo Radulovich papers, 1945-2008. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 273061020

From the description of Milo Radulovich visual materials. 1940s-2007. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 277604547

Milo John Radulovich (October 28, 1926 -- November 19, 2007) was an American citizen (born in Detroit) of Montenegrin descent. While serving as a reserve Air Force lieutenant, Radulovich was accused of being a security risk for maintaining a "close and continuing relationship" with his father and sister who had been identified as possible "security risks", contrary to Air Force Regulation 35-62. For this, the Air Force stripped Radulovich of his commission.

The Radulovich case soon came to the attention of Edward R. Murrow, host of the popular See It Now program on CBS. For months, Murrow and producer Fred Friendly had debated on how to address Senator Joseph McCarthy's tactics. The Radulovich affair gave them an avenue. The program entitled "The Case Against Lt. Milo Radulovich, A0589839" aired on October 20, 1953. The portrayal of this man and his immigrant father led many viewers to question the impact of McCarthyist tactics for purging the government and military of potential "security risks." Radulovich was reinstated one month after the broadcast.

Radulovich moved to California where he was eventually hired by a private weather forecasting business. He later went to work for the National Weather Service, and was chief meteorologist at Capital City Airport in Lansing, Michigan when he retired in 1994.

Michael Ranville wrote a book about Radulovich's trial, To Strike at a King: The Turning Point in the McCarthy Witch-Hunt . The CBS broadcast and background to its airing was dramatized in the 2005 film "Good Night, and Good Luck."

Radulovich's case is recognized by the State Bar of Michigan as one of its "Michigan Legal Milestones."

After experiencing two strokes, Radulovich died on November 19, 2007. He was awarded a posthumous degree by the University of Michigan in 2008.

From the guide to the Milo Radulovich papers, 1945-2008, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

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creatorOf Radulovich, Milo, 1926-2007. Milo Radulovich visual materials. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Radulovich, Milo J., b. 1926. Milo J. Radulovich papers, 1853-1978 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf Radulovich, Milo, 1926-2007. Milo Radulovich papers, 1945-2008. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Ranville, Michael, 1943-. Michael Ranville papers, 1953-2008. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Milo Radulovich papers, 1945-2008 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Ranville, Michael, 1943-. Michael Ranville visual materials. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Michael Ranville papers, 1953-2008 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
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associatedWith Clooney, George. person
associatedWith Clooney, George. person
associatedWith McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957 person
associatedWith Murrow, Edward R. person
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associatedWith Ranville, Michael, 1943- person
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Anti-communist movements--United States
Internal security--20th century
Internal security--United States--History--20th century
Montenegrin Americans--Michigan
See it now (Television program)
Internal security--History--20th century
Good night, and good luck (Motion picture)
Anti-communist movements
Internal security--United States--20th century
Montenegrin Americans
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Birth 1926-10-28

Death 2007-11-19

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English,

Serbian

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