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Erland, Calvin

Calvin Erland
Army
Middle Island


Mr. Calvin Douglas Erland was born July 11, 1925 in Port Jefferson, New York; a son of Elsie Lenore Smith and Charles R. Erland.  Before entering the service, he was employed as an equipment operator for the Town of Southampton.

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While living in Middle Island, New York, Calvin was inducted into the U.S. Navy and sent to Boot Camp in Sampson, New York.  Later, he was transferred to Norfolk, Virginia and eventually to Pensacola, Florida.  

 

Calvin Erland served honorably during the war with a PBY squadron where he received training to become an aircraft mechanic. PBYs were given the job of searching for enemy submarines off of the U.S. Coast (from Florida down to South America) during WWII. During his service he was promoted to Seaman 1st class.

 

Calvin was separated from the service on June 6, 1946 at Lido Beach, Long Island, New York.

 

Written by Robert Mancuso

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