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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 1942
Abstract Telegram from the Bureau of Navigation concerning Douglas J. O'Toole, Radioman 3rd Class, USN, to his guardian, John M Wynen, in Oshkosh, WI.

Western Union Telegram
C121 71 Govt=Washington Dc 4 1153A 3A
John M Wynen
155 Ceape St.
1942 Apr 4 AM 11 19
THE NAVY DEPARTMENT DEEPLY REGRETS TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR WARD DOUGLAS JOHN OTOOLE RADIOMAN THIRD CLASS US NAVY IS MISSING FOLLOWING ACTION IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS DUTY AND IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY X THE DEPARTMENT APPRECIATES YOUR GREAT ANXIETY AND WILL FURNISH YOU FURTHER INFORMATION PROMPTLY WHEN RECEIVED X TO PREVENT POSSIBLE AID TO OUR ENEMIES PLEASE DO NOT DIVULGE THE NAME OF HIS SHIP OR STATION=REAR ADMIRAL RANDALL JACOBS CHIEF OF THE BUREAU OF NAVIGATION.
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG71.20.2
Object Name Telegram
People O'Toole, Douglas J.
Subjects World War II
Casualties
United States Navy
Pacific Theater of Operations
Ship accidents
Shipwrecks
Title Telegram
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