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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1920 1
Washington 1
Death:
07 Apr 2008 2
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington 3
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Person:
Lynn Robert Siegel 3
Lynn R Siegel 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, with dependents 1
Birth:
1920 1
Washington 1
Death:
07 Apr 2008 2
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington 3
Residence:
Place: Whitman County, Washington 1
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Marriage:
Betty Maxine Rupnow 4
14 Mar 1946 4
Spokane, Spokane County,Washington 4
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
21 Apr 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
39175685 1
Enlistment Place:
Spokane Washington 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Farm hands, general farms 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 1402 1
Film Reel Number: 6.168 1

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World War II

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Lynn enlisted in the Army Air Force on 4/21/1942 in Spokane Washington.  His enlistment records indicate his civilian occupation was Automobile Serviceman.  He was stationed at Camp Robinson in Arkansas and then March Field in California.  On Thanksgiving day, 1942 he was aboard the Queen Elizabeth headed for England.  "We just took off...no escorts.  We zigzagged across the Atlantic".  After 6 days they landed in Glasgow, Scotland.  He did not get seasick on the trip.

While in Britain, Lynn was stationed at Bury St Edmunds Air base attached to the 9th Air Force which was a B26 bomber squadron.  He was in ordinance which supplied bombs for the planes.    Lynn remembers getting passes to London.  He remembers the "buzz-bombs" coming over the base, but no real air-raids.   He remembers seeing Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum and St Paul's Cathedral while on tours of the city that the Red Cross provided the airmen.

After spending 2 1/2 years in England he spent 6 months in France and Belgium.

On Thanksgiving day, 1945 Lynn was on a Liberty Ship returning to the United States.  This time it took 1 1/2 weeks to cross the ocean.  They landed in Newport News, Virginia and Lynn was discharged in Fort Lewis, Washington. 

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