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Admin/Biog History Douglas J. O'Toole was from North Fond du Lac, WI. In 1937 he won a local YMCA boxing tournament in the 135 pound class. He entered the US Navy in 1938 and became a radio operator. He was serving on the aircraft carrier USS Langley (America's first aircraft carrier), when it was attacked by the Japanese aircraft near Java on February 22, 1942. The ship was struck by several bombs, disabled, and scuttled. O'Toole was killed in this action.
Classification Archives
Collection Winnebago County Historical Commission
Dates of Accumulation 1941
Abstract Letter from Douglas J. O'Toole, Radioman 3rd Class, USN to his parents.

U.S.S. Northampton
Flag Division, Radio
C/o Fleet Post Office
Pearl Harbor, T.H.

Hello Folks:
Please don't be too surprised when a pile of packages come to your house. They are all sort of personal things of mine. There is the one in green paper addressed to "Mr. and Mrs. Wynen" that is yours for more luck. The others I do wish you would put away for me with the other package that I sent last year, remember. Course, if you are curious, you can open the packages and investigate, but please leave everything and put it away for me. I sort of value each little thing. I certainly wish that there was some news, but unfortunately not. Just the same old routine. That of going to sea for firing, calibrating, etc….and back in port for supplies and then out again.
I sincerely hope that a Merry Xmas and a very Happy New Year is enjoyed by everyone of you. Give my holiday regards to all; namely Grandma, Roaches, Hocks, Kriesmans, and even a kiss under some mistletoe, eh, Jack. Just say this one is for Doug and maybe linger a little extra on it.
I certainly wish that I could come home for a spell. Maybe sooner than I expect. I came very close to going to China for nineteen months duty, but there was just one radioman third class that wanted to go and so I didn't have to go. Hoping you enjoy the holidays much more than I; cause I am real lonesome, no kidding.
P.S. Heard from Leo. Send his address again, Please.
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG71.20.1
Object Name Letter
People O'Toole, Douglas J.
Subjects World War II
United States Navy
Pacific Theater of Operations
Ship accidents
Title Letter
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