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Great Uncle Jose Robledo, Jr., WWII Vet, Interred at Los Angeles National Cemetery

A brief profile of my grandfather’s younger brother, Joe Robledo, Jr., and his service during World War II. Nineteen years after making the U.S. their new home, my immigrant great-grandparents now had multiple sons in the war.

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Benjamin Robledo, US Navy

Grandfather Benjamin Robledo, So Far Away in WWII New Caledonia

New Caledonia, in particular its port of Nouméa, became a strategic base for the Allies during World War II, serving as the base of operations for the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942-43 and the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Navy Station Nouméa is where I first find my grandfather serving in the war. My grandfather served here in 1944.

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#52Ancestors: Who are the Parents of Grand Uncle Harry Flanagan?

My grand uncle Harry. J. Flanagan is the only sibling of my grandfather’s for whom I cannot confirm parentage. Both of the parents he claims were married to their first spouses at the time of his birth. And he is the only sibling for whom I cannot locate a birth or baptism record.

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Michael Flanagan US Navy

#52Ancestors: 17 Years Old Orphaned Michael John Flanagan Enlists 9 Days After D-Day

The story Mom says Grandpa always told his kids is that he had to get his priest to sign and vouch (lying) that Grandpa, the orphan, was 18 years old, not 17 years old. Who knows if a priest would be willing to lie and do this — it’s possible, if the priest felt this was Grandpa’s best opportunity to get good job skills and make a career and life for himself. Particularly since he had such a rough life as a foster child.

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