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Walter William Oestreich
Walter Oestreich, WWII
Walter Oestreich, WWII
Recent Address:   1319 Dorothy Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501
Family Information:   Parents: John and Agnes; Wife: Margaret; Children: Ronald, Randy, Timothy, Thomas
Hometown:   Motton, WI
Date Entered Service:   February 5, 1942
Service Number:   36233966
Bomb Group:   40th Bomb Group
Squadron:   44th Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit:   Chakulia, India; April 1945
Missions Flown:   11
Hump Missions Flown:   3
Targets:   Saigon, Bangkok, Rangoon, Kure, O'Shima, Nagoya, Matsuke, Hamamatsu, Tokyo
Awards/Decorations:   Air Medal,American Defense Service Medal,WWII Victory Medal,Purple Heart,Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Battle Stars,American Theater Ribbon,Good Conduct Medal,Overseas Service Bar,Service Stripe,India-Burma Campaign,China Defensive Campaign,Air Offensive Japan
Service Schools Attended:   Gunnery School-Lyndall Field, FL 1942; Flight School-Pratt, KS 1942;
Military Specialty(ies):  
MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge:   Sgt.
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-63538 Winged Victory II
Were you a POW?   Yes
If so, where?   Japan
Were you interned?   Yes
If so, where?   Kempei Tai Prison, Prison Camp Omori
Date Transferred from the 58th:   August 29, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:   December 3, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:   None
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Rhinelander City Water Department -- also active in Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the Coodies, Disabled American Veterans, Prisoners of Wars
Walter passed away on September 26, 2001.


Walter Oestreich
Walter Oestreich


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