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Irving Oblas, 1944 [detail]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Navy
  • Service Unit/Ship: 19th Fleet
  • Location of Service: Bremerton, Washington
  • Highest Rank: Yeoman First Class
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/2354

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"Lines, lines, lines - the bane of our existence here. Yesterday was pay day - there were two lines stretching more than five blocks long - and with the end not in sight." (Correspondence, 8/16/45)

Irving Oblas never left the States during World War II, but his voluminous correspondence with his wife offers invaluable descriptions of daily life in the Navy. In August 1945, on his way to California to be shipped out to Japan, Oblas mailed his wife a postcard from every stop his troop train made. He made it to San Francisco in time for V-J Day and served out his hitch decommissioning ships in the port of Bremerton, Washington.

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[ Letter to wife Lil [9/15/43] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [1943] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [9/16/43] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [9/17/43] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [9/17/43] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [9/18/43] ]

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[ Letter to wife Lil [9/20/43] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [9/21/43] ]
[ Letter from Ada (?) [9/21/43] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [9/22/43] ]
[ Letter from Lilyan Oblas [9/23/43] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [9/23/43] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [9/24/43] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [9/25/43] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [9/26/43] ]
[ Letter From Lilyan Oblas [9/28/43] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [9/28/43] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [9/28/43] ]
[ Letter to wife Lil [9/29/43] ]