16 Nov 1945 — Fort Lewis, Pierce, Washington
World War II 1
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Information comes from a Final Payment work sheet for Melvin's discharge. All other military records for Melvin E WHITE have probably been destroyed by fire. 3 years service Rank: Tech 5 Enlisted at Forest Grove, Washington, Oregon Arrived U.S.: 11 Sep 1945 Previous Organization (or place): 9223 TSU TC Deb Trans. Discharged on 16 Nov 1945 Separation Center: Fort Lewis, Pierce, Washington Honorable Discharge by reason of 615-365 RR 1-1.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Melvin felt compelled to enlist in the US Army as a Conscientious Objector, dropping out of college. He became a member of the medical corp serving for 2 years in the United States, then serving as Technician Grade 5 (T/5) aboard the USAHS Earnest Hinds for the remainder of the war. The ship served the area between the U.S. East Coast and the Mediterranean Sea during 1943 and 1944. Melvin wrote of serving off the coast of Cyprus where he treated many wounded German soldiers. At the time he did not understand why they were fighting the Germans, not knowing the extent of what was going on in Europe with Hitler. He had studied German in high school in Bozeman where there were many German immigrants. He appreciated being able to speak with the prisoners he treated. In a letter, Melvin recalled being stationed at the Brooklyn Army Base, New York City. He was in New York City on July 4th and watched the fireworks with half million people. He watched a flyover by 1000 planes. He loved NYC and riding the subway.
19 Nov 1945 — Washington County, Oregon
Although Melvin's records are not available through the National Archives, servicemen were advised to file a copy of their discharge papers at their local county courthouse. Melvin, as it turns out, did so. His papers are on file with the Washington County, Oregon Department of Assessment & Taxation Cartography & Records Division, 155 N First Avenue, Suite 130, MS 9, Hillsboro, OR 9124-3072.
16 Nov 1942
In his separation paper, the following battles/campaigns were attributed to Melvin as part of the 210th Hosp Ship Complement: Rome-Arno Northern Appennines Southern France Rhineland per GO 33 WD 45 The following medals were awarded to Melvin: American Theater Service Medal Good Conduct Medal Victory Medal European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal.