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Veterans History Project

Roland L. Thomas, Chief Petty Officer, United States Navy, 1940 – 1970


The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

In 1940, Roland L. Thomas (Roland) and his buddy went to see the US Navy recruiter in Springfield, Mass. Both were given the dates for their physical examinations and soon, both were enlisted. The buddy went to the US Marine Corps, Roland went to the Navy.

Roland went to “boot camp” at Newport, Rhode Island. He arrived by bus and was greeted...

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