A “Bit” of Looking Back – Orvilla Reese to Go to Rest Camp After Services in Pacific (July, 1943)


Orvilla Reese to Go to Rest Camp After Services in Pacific

From The Malakoff News
Friday, July 23, 1943

In a letter to his wife, the former Miss Helen Leopard, Seaman First Class Orvilla Reese, well-known Malakoff young man and son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Reese of Darco, stated that he is scheduled to be shipped to a rest camp following long and strenuous services with the Navy in the Pacific.  He has been in Guadalcanal and vicinity, he stated, for the past several months.

Seaman Reese enlisted in the “Seabees” construction branch of the Navy July 15, 1942, and left on July 16th for his initial training at Camp Allen, Virginia.  After six weeks at Camp Allen, he was transferred to Davisville, Rhode Island and was later sent back to the State of Virginia to Camp Bradford.  After his advanced training period at Camp Bradford, he was shipped to Guadalcanal, where he has since been in active service.

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