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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Sergeant 1
Birth:
05 Mar 1915 1
1915 2
Missouri 2
Death:
29 Feb 1988 1
Lodi, CA 1
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Full Name:
Bernice Radferd Israel 1
Person:
Bernice Radferd Israel 1
Bernice R Israel 2
Level of Education: Grammar school 2
Marital Status: Married 2
Birth:
05 Mar 1915 1
1915 2
Missouri 2
Death:
29 Feb 1988 1
Lodi, CA 1
Residence:
Place: SanJoaquin County, California 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Sergeant 1
Service Start Date:
17 May 1943 1
Service End Date:
30 Jan 1946 1
Enlistment Date:
10 May 1943 1
Enlistment Location:
Sacramento, CA 1
Service Number:
39415257 1

World War II 2

Branch:
Army 2
Enlistment Date:
10 May 1943 2
Army Branch:
No branch assignment 2
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 2
Army Serial Number:
39415257 2
Enlistment Place:
Sacramento California 2
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 2
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 2
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Occupation:
Carpenters 2
Race or Ethnicity:
White 2
Source Information:
Box Number: 1432 2
Film Reel Number: 7.3 2

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Bernice Radferd Israel

Stockton, CA

Bernice Radferd Israel was born on 5 March 1915 in Missouri to William Jackson Israel and Bertha Lou Anna Wilson Israel.  William and Bertha had eight children, two of whom died shortly after birth.  During the 1940s, the Israel family came to California and found employment as migrant field workers.  Bernice, the oldest son, was also a carpenter.  They eventually settled in the San Joaquin Valley in California. 

During World War II, Bernice was called to help defend his country and served in the China Burma India Theater.  As an experienced carpenter, he was assigned to help build the Ledo Road (later renamed the Stilwell Road) which was to go from Ledo, Assam, India to Kunming, Yunnan, China. This was quite a feat due to the mountainous terrain, the dense jungle with its snakes, scorpions, malaria-carrying mosquitos, etc., and the constant danger of being attacked by the enemy.

After his stint in the Army, Bernice returned home to California and resumed his career as a self-employed carpenter.  He was also a volunteer firefighter.  He married and had four children.  Bernice passed away on 29 February 1988.  His family is very proud of his service to his country.

 

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