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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)

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   Irving Oblas
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Irving Oblas, 1944 [detail]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Navy
Unit: 19th Fleet
Service Location: Naval Training Station Sampson and PSC Lido Beach, New York; USN RS Shoemaker, California; Bremerton Group, Washington
Rank: Yeoman First Class
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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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To wife Lil [9/15/43] To wife Lil [1943] To wife Lil [9/16/43]
To wife Lil [9/17/43] To wife Lil [9/17/43] To wife Lil [9/18/43]
To wife Lil [9/20/43] To wife Lil [9/21/43] From Ada (?) [9/21/43]
To wife Lil [9/22/43] From Lilyan Oblas [9/23/43] To wife Lil [9/23/43]
To wife Lil [9/24/43] To wife Lil [9/25/43] To wife Lil [9/26/43]
From Lilyan Oblas [9/28/43] To wife Lil [9/28/43] To wife Lil [9/28/43]
To wife Lil [9/29/43] From Lilyan Oblas [9/30/43] To wife Lil [10/1/43]
From Lilyan Oblas [10/1/43] To wife Lil [10/1/43] To wife Lil [10/2/43]
To wife Lil [10/3/43] To wife Lil [10/3/43] From Lilyan Oblas [10/4/43]
To wife Lil [10/4/43] To wife Lil [10/5/43] To wife Lil [10/6/43]
To wife Lil [10/7/43] To wife Lil [10/9/43] To wife Lil [10/10/43]
From Bill [10/10/43] To wife Lil [10/11/43] From Gert [10/12/43]
To wife Lil [10/12/43] To wife Lil [10/13/43] From Ada [10/14/43]
To wife Lil [10/14/43] From Lilyan Oblas [10/15/43] From Lilyan Oblas [10/16/43]
To wife Lil [10/16/43] From Lilyan Oblas [10/17/43] From Lilyan Oblas [10/17/43]
To wife Lil [10/18/43] To wife Lil [10/18/43] To wife Lil [10/19/43]
From Lilyan Oblas [10/19/43] To wife Lil [10/20/43] To wife Lil [10/21/43]
From Herb Kirschner [10/22/43] From Lilyan Oblas [10/22/43] To wife Lil [10/24/43]
From Lilyan Oblas [10/24/43] To wife Lil [10/25/43] From Lilyan Oblas [10/25/43]
To wife Lil [10/26/43] From Lilyan Oblas [10/26/43] To wife Lil [10/27/43]
From Lilyan Oblas [10/27/43] To wife Lil [10/28/43] From Lilyan Oblas [10/28/43]
To wife Lil [10/29/43] To wife Lil [10/31/43] From Lilyan Oblas "Thursday" 1943
To wife Lil [11/9/43] To wife Lil [11/10/43] To wife Lil [11/9/43]
From Lilyan Oblas [11/10/43] To wife Lil [11/10/43] To wife Lil [11/11/43]
To wife Lil [11/12/43] From Lilyan Oblas [11/13/43] To wife Lil [11/14/43]
To wife Lil [11/16/43] From Lilyan Oblas [11/16/43] To wife Lil [11/17/43]
From Lilyan Oblas [11/17/43] To wife Lil [11/18/43] From Lilyan Oblas [11/18/43]
To wife Lil [11/19/43] To wife Lil [11/20/43] To wife Lil [11/21/43]
To wife Lil [11/21/43] From Lilyan Oblas [11/22/43] Bill to Irving Oblas [11/22/43]
From Lilyan Oblas [11/23/43] To wife Lil [11/23/43] To daughter Rema [11/24/43]
To wife Lil [11/25/43] To wife Lil [11/26/43] To wife Lil [11/28/43]
From Lilyan Oblas [11/29/43] To wife Lil [11/29/43] From Lilyan Oblas [11/29/43]
To wife Lil [11/30/43] From Lilyan Oblas [11/30/43] To wife Lil [12/2/43]
From Lilyan Oblas [12/2/43] From Lilyan Oblas [12/5/43] To wife Lil [12/6/43]
From Lilyan Oblas [12/7/43] To wife Lil [12/7/43] From Lilyan Oblas "Thursday" 12(?)/43
To wife Lil [12/8/43] To wife Lil [12/9/43] From Lilyan Oblas "Sat." 12(?)/43
To wife Lil [12/10/43] To wife Lil [12/11/43] From Lilyan Oblas "Monday" December(?)/43
To wife Lil [12/13/43] From Lilyan Oblas [12/14/43] To wife Lil [12/14/43]
To wife Lil [12/15/43] From Lilyan Oblas "Sunday Eve" December(?)/43 To wife Lil [12/20/43]
To wife Lil [12/20/43] From Lilyan Oblas [12/21/43] To wife Lil [12/21/43]
From Lilyan Oblas [12/22/43] From Lilyan Oblas [12/23/43] To wife Lil [12/23/43]
To wife Lil [12/23/43] To wife Lil "Christmas Eve" 1943 From Lilyan Oblas [12/24/43]
To wife Lil [12/25/43] From Lilyan Oblas [No date] To wife Lil "Mon 7:30 AM"
From Lilyan Oblas "Monday 7 PM" To wife Lil [12/27/43] To Rema [12/27/43]
To wife Lil [12/28/43] From Lilyan Oblas [12/28/43] From Lilyan Oblas [12/30/43]
To wife Lil [12/29/43] To wife Lil [12/30/43] To wife Lil [12/31/43]
To wife Lil [1/1/44] From Lilyan Oblas "Sunday 8:30 PM" To wife Lil [1/2/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [1/2/44] From Ada [No Date] To wife Lil [1/3/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [1/4/44] From Evelyn, Paul, Gert [1/4/44] To wife Lil [1/4/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [1/5/44] To wife Lil [1/6/44] From Lilyan Oblas [1/6/44]
To wife Lil [1/7/44] To wife Lil [1/8/44] From Lilyan Oblas [1/10/44]
To wife Lil [1/11/44] From Lilyan Oblas [1/12/44] To wife Lil [1/12/44]
To wife Lil [1/13/44] To wife Lil [1/14/44] From Lilyan Oblas "Sunday Evening"
To wife Lil [1/17/44] From Lilyan Oblas [1/18/44] To wife Lil [1/18/44]
From Johanna Goldsmith [1/18/44] To wife Lil [1/19/44] From Lilyan Oblas [1/19/44]
To wife Lil [1/20/44] From Lilyan Oblas [1/20/44] From Lilyan Oblas [1/21/44]
To wife Lil [1/22/44] To wife Lil [1/23/44] From Lilyan Oblas [1/24/44]
To wife Lil [1/25/44] From Lilyan Oblas [1/25/44] To wife Lil [1/26/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [1/26/44] To wife Lil [1/27/44] From Lilyan Oblas [1/27/44]
To wife Lil [1/28/44] From Lilyan Oblas "Sat Eve" To wife Lil [1/30/44]
To wife Lil [1/31/44] From Lilyan Oblas [1/31/44] To wife Lil [2/1/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [2/1/44] To wife Lil [2/2/44] From Lilyan Oblas [2/2/44]
To wife Lil [2/3/44] To wife Lil [2/4/44] From Lilyan Oblas [2/4/44]
To wife Lil [2/6/44] From Lilyan Oblas [2/6/44] To wife Lil [2/7/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [2/7/44] To wife Lil [2/8/44] To wife Lil [2/9/44]
From Lilyan Oblas "Wed. Eve-Late" To wife Lil [2/10/44] To wife Lil [2/14/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [2/14/44] From Lilyan Oblas [2/15/44] To wife Lil [2/16/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [2/17/44] To wife Lil [2/17/44] To wife Lil [2/17/44]
To wife Lil [2/18/44] To wife Lil [2/19/44] To wife Lil [2/20/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [2/21/44] To wife Lil [2/21/44] To wife Lil [2/23/44]
Undated note to Lilyan From Lilyan Oblas [2/28/44] To wife Lil [2/29/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [2/29/44] To wife Lil [3/1/44] From Lilyan Oblas [3/1/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [3/2/44] To wife Lil [3/2/44] To wife Lil [3/3/44]
To Rema Oblas [3/4/44] From Lilyan Oblas [3/6/44] To wife Lil [3/6/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [3/7/44] To wife Lil [3/8/44] From Lilyan Oblas [3/8/44]
To wife Lil [3/8/44] To wife Lil [3/9/44] From Lilyan Oblas [3/9/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [3/10/44] From Lilyan Oblas "Sun. Eve." To wife Lil [3/11/44]
To wife Lil [3/13/44] From Lilyan Oblas [3/13/44] To wife Lil [3/14/44]
To wife Lil [3/15/44] From Lilyan Oblas [3/15/44] From Mike [3/15/44]
From Lilyan Oblas "Thursday noon" To wife Lil [3/17/44] From Lilyan Oblas [3/17/44]
To wife Lil [3/18/44] From Lilyan Oblas [3/18/44] To wife Lil [3/27/44]
To wife Lil [3/28/44] To wife Lil [3/29/44] To wife Lil [3/30/44]
To wife Lil [4/2/44] To wife Lil [4/3/44] To wife Lil [4/4/44]
From Joe Green [4/9/44] To wife Lil [4/11/44] From Lilyan Oblas [4/12/44]
To wife Lil [4/14/44] To wife Lil [4/15/44] To wife Lil [4/18/44]
From Lilyan Oblas "Thursday 11 AM" To wife Lil [4/19/44] V-mail from Bernie Bernknopf [4/23/44]
To wife Lil [5/2/44] From Lilyan Oblas [5/2/44] To wife Lil [5/3/44]
To wife Lil [5/4/44] To wife Lil [5/5/44] To wife Lil [5/10/44]
From Lilyan Oblas "8:15 PM" To wife Lil [5/10/44] From Lilyan Oblas [5/11/44]
From Lilyan Oblas "Thursday" To wife Lil [5/11/44] To wife Lil [5/11/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [5/12/44] From Mildred Stember ("Ma") [5/13/44] To wife Lil [5/13/44]
From Lilyan Oblas "Saturday 1:45 PM" From Lilyan Oblas ""Sunday (Mother's Day") From Evelyn to Lilyan Oblas [5/14/44]
To wife Lil [5/15/44] From Lilyan Oblas [5/15/44] From George [5/15/44]
To wife Lil [5/16/44] From Lilyan Oblas [5/16/44] To wife Lil [5/17/44]
From Lilyan Oblas [5/18/44] To wife Lil [5/18/44] From Lilyan Oblas [5/19/44]
From Lilyan Oblas "Sat. 6 AM" From Lilyan Oblas "Monday" To wife Lil [5/22/44]
From Lilyan Oblas "Tuesday 3 PM" To wife Lil [5/23/44] From Lilyan Oblas "Wednesday"
To wife Lil [5/24/44] From Lilyan Oblas "Friday 6 PM" To wife Lil [5/25/44]
To wife Lil [5/26/44] From Lilyan Oblas [5/27/44] To wife Lil [5/28/44]
To wife Lil [5/29/44] To wife Lil [5/30/44] Telegram from Lilyan Oblas [5/30/44]
Telegram to Lilyan Oblas [5/31/44] To Lilyan Oblas from Irving Oblas (?) on behalf of Rema [5/31/44] Telegram from Ada [6/1/44]
To wife Lil [6/1/44] To wife Lil [6/1/44] To wife Lil [6/5/44]
To wife Lil [6/6/44] (D-Day) To wife Lil [6/7/44] To wife Lil [6/8/44]
To wife Lil [6/9/44] To wife Lil [6/11/44] To wife Lil [6/14/44]
To wife Lil [6/19/44] To wife Lil [6/19/44] To wife Lil [6/20/44]
Poem to wife Lilyan by Irving Oblas [6/22/44] To wife Lil [6/21/44] To wife Lil [6/22/44]
To wife Lil [6/23/44] To wife Lil [6/25/44] To wife Lil [6/26/44]
To wife Lil [6/27/44] To wife Lil [6/28/44] To wife Lil [6/29/44]
To wife Lil [6/30/44] To wife Lil [7/3/44] To wife Lil [7/4/44]
To wife Lil [7/5/44] To wife Lil [7/6/44] Postcard to wife Lil [7/7/44]
To wife Lil [7/8/44] To wife Lil [7/10/44] To wife Lil [7/11/44]
To wife Lil [7/13/44] To wife Lil [7/14/44] To wife Lil [7/17/44]
To wife Lil [7/18/44] To wife Lil [7/20/44] Postcard to wife Lil [7/20/44]
To wife Lil [7/20/44] From Lilyan Oblas [7/20/44] To wife Lil [7/21/44]
From Lilyan Oblas "Monday 3 PM" To wife Lil [7/24/44] To wife Lil [7/25/44]
To wife Lil [7/26/44] To wife Lil [7/27/44] To wife Lil [7/31/44]
To wife Lil [8/1/44] From Lilyan Oblas [8/1/44] To wife Lil [8/3/44]
To wife Lil [8/4/44] To wife Lil [8/5/44] To wife Lil [8/7/44]
From Lilyan Oblas "Monday" To wife Lil [8/8/44] To wife Lil [8/11/44]
To wife Lil [8/14/44] To wife Lil [8/15/44] To wife Lil [8/16/44]
To wife Lil [8/17/44] To wife Lil [8/18/44] To wife Lil [8/21/44]
To wife Lil [8/21/44] To wife Lil [8/22/44] To wife Lil [8/24/44]
From Lilyan Oblas "Friday noon" To wife Lil [12/23/44] To wife Lil [8/8/45]
To wife Lil [8/8/45] Postcard to wife Lilyan [8/6/45] Postcard to wife Lilyan [8/6/45]
Postcard to wife Lilyan [8/7/45] Postcard to wife Lilyan [8/8/45] Postcard to wife Lilyan [8/9/45]
Postcard to wife Lilyan [8/10/45] Blank Postcard To wife Lil [8/9/45]
To wife Lil [8/10/45] To wife Lil [8/11/45] To wife Lil [8/12/45]
To wife Lil [8/13/45] To wife Lil [8/14/45] To wife Lil [8/16/45]
To wife Lil [8/17/45] From Paul (?) [8/17/45] To wife Lil [8/18/45]
To wife Lil [8/19/45] To wife Lil [8/20/45] Postcard to wife Lil [8/21/45]
To wife Lil [8/22/45] To wife Lil [8/23/45] To wife Lil [8/24/45]
To wife Lil [8/25/45] To wife Lil [8/26/45] To wife Lil [8/27/45]
To wife Lil [8/28/45] To wife Lil [8/29/45] To wife Lil [8/30/45]
To wife Lil [8/31/45] To wife Lil [9/1/45] V-mail from Bernie Bernknopf [9/2/45]
To wife Lil [9/3/45] To wife Lil [9/4/45] To wife Lil [9/5/45]
To wife Lil [9/6/45] To wife Lil [9/7/45] To wife Lil [9/9/45]
To wife Lil [9/10/45] To wife Lil [9/13/45] To wife Lil [9/12/45]
To wife Lil [9/14/45] To wife Lil [9/15/45] To wife Lil [9/16/45]
To wife Lil [9/17/45] To wife Lil [9/19/45] To wife Lil [9/21/45]
To wife Lil [9/23/45] To wife Lil [9/24/45] To wife Lil [9/25/45]
To wife Lil [9/27/45] To wife Lil [9/28/45] To wife Lil [9/30/45]
To wife Lil [10/1/45] To wife Lil [10/2/45] To wife Lil [10/4/45]
To wife Lil [10/6/45] To wife Lil [10/7/45] To wife Lil [10/8/45]
To wife Lil [10/10/45] To wife Lil [10/11/45] To wife Lil [10/13/45]
To wife Lil [10/13/45] To wife Lil [10/16/45] To wife Lil [10/17/45]
To wife Lil [10/18/45] To wife Lil [10/21/45] To wife Lil [10/22/45]
To wife Lil [10/24/45] To wife Lil [10/26/45] To wife Lil [10/28/45]
To wife Lil [10/29/45] To wife Lil [10/31/45] To wife Lil [10/31/45]
Postcard to Lilyan [11/2/45] To wife Lil [11/2/45] To wife Lil [11/4/45]
To wife Lil [11/5/45] To wife Lil [11/7/45] To wife Lil [11/8/45]
From Logsdon [11/10/45] To wife Lil [11/10/45] To wife Lil "Seattle, Wash." [no date]
To wife Lil(?) [no date] Postcard to Lilyan [11/10/45] To wife Lil [11/11/45]
To wife Lil [11/14/45] To wife Lil [11/15/45] To wife Lil [11/16/45]
To wife Lil [11/17/45] To wife Lil [11/20/45] To wife Lil [11/21/45]
To wife Lil [11/23/45] Postcard to Lilyan [11/25/45] To wife Lil [11/25/45]
To wife Lil [11/27/45] To wife Lil [11/27/45] To wife Lil [11/29/45]
Sam Goldstein "Goldie's Gabby Gab" [1/24/46] From Sid [9/30/45] To wife Lil [12/1/45]
To wife Lil [12/3/45] To wife Lil [12/5/45] To wife Lil [12/6/45]
To wife Lilyan [12/8/45] To wife Lil [12/10/45] To wife Lil [12/12/45]
To wife Lil [12/14/45] From Dale [12/15/45] To wife Lil [12/16/45]
To wife Lil [12/18/45] To wife Lil [12/20/45] To wife Lil [12/20/45]
To wife Lil [12/23/45] To wife Lil [12/24/45] To wife Lil [12/26/45]
To wife Lil [12/28/45] To wife Lil [12/30/45] Postcard to Lilyan [12/31/45]
To wife Lil [1/1/46] To wife Lil [1/2/46] To wife Lil [1/3/46]
To wife Lil [1/6/46] To wife Lil [1/8/46] To wife Lil [1/9/46]
To wife Lil [1/11/46] To wife Lil [1/12/46] To wife Lil [1/14/46]
To wife Lil [1/15/46] Postcard to wife Lilyan [1/14/46] Postcard to wife Lilyan [1/14/46]
To wife Lil [1/16/46] To wife Lil [1/18/46] To wife Lil [1/19/46]
To wife Lil [1/21/46] Postcard to wife Lilyan [1/21/46] To wife Lil [1/22/46]
  
 Other Materials (3 items)
Newspaper clipping Poem to wife Lil by Irving Oblas [6/19/44] Poem to wife Lil by Irving Oblas [date uncertain]
  
 
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