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Melvin Bockelman

Melvin Bockelman

Melvin BockelmanAge: 92

Residence: Lenexa

Branch: Merchant Marines

Rank: Seaman 2nd Class

Job duty: Helmsman (steers the ship)

Highlight of an experience or memory from WWII: Years of Military Service: 14 months (3 tours in the Pacific) during WWII.  After high school graduation, an additional 20 years in the Army Air Corp, then Air Force. WWII Memory or Experience: In 1944, at the age of 16, I joined the Merchant Marines. In 1945, I witnessed Kamikaze attacks on the U.S. Naval Fleet at Okinawa.