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World War II Letters & Papers of Jack Raymond Oxley

The letters in this collection were written by my father, Jack Raymond Oxley, while he was in the service during World War II. Dad enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1942 as soon as he graduated from North Side High School. His goal was to be a radioman and he was told that he had the best chance at getting that job if he signed up with the Merchant Marines. Unfortunately for Dad, he did not get to train as a radioman. Instead, he was trained as a pharmacist mate or medical corpsman. He was in the first class of pharmacist mates that graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy at Sheepshead Bay New York in 1943. Because the Merchant Maritime Service was not considered an official military branch by the United States government and because he needed to have seaman's papers in order to ship out, he was enlisted in the United States Naval Reserves. His first assignment with the Merchant Marines was on board the merchant ship Cefalu. He served as a bursar on that ship. He ended up in Australia where he eventually enlisted in the United States Army. ...More

Letters from Irene Overman Oxley, Jack's mother
Letters from Jack
Letters from Raymond Oxley, Jack's father
Address Book
"For the Editors of of Pacific Unit Newspapers"
"SWPA Maptalk" Newsletter
Minutes & Financials
Monetary Notes
Monthly Reports
Pierce Log
"The Star" Newsletter

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