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Memories of War: Springtime brings bad news to Oklahoma

Early May 1942 brought with it tough news that wasn't completely unexpected. During the first four months of the war Oklahoma lost 57 men in the Navy alone. Much of that total can likely be attributed to Pearl Harbor, but not all of the deaths were a result of that event. This story appeared in the May 2 edition of the Oklahoma City Times.

Five were from Oklahoma City: J.W. Baker, torpedo man 3rd class; William Hamilton, gunners mate 3rd class; Benjamin Vassar, seaman 2nd class; Stanley Virgin, chief electrician's mate; James Webb, fireman 1st class.

The rest were spread across 43 cities and towns in Oklahoma. No ages, or places of death were given.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›