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Record 617/959
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Merchant Marine Coat: dark navy blue wool; double breasted with fold down collar and wide lapels; gilt brass Merchant Marine buttons; engineer insignia on cuffs; interior lined with blue material. Coat has 4 buttons and 4 buttonholes on left and right sides allowing the coat to be buttoned on either side. Used by Herbert Pahlow who served in the Merchant Marines during 1944-46. Herbert H. Pahlow was born on December 3, 1917 on the family farm in the Town of Vinland, the son of Rose Henke and Henry Pahlow. Herbs early years were spent on his parents' farm and later ventured into cheese making and truck driving. He was employed at the Universal Foundry as a core maker for 39 years with a pause to join the Merchant Marines, which he held in high regards, from December 1943 to July 1945 in the South Pacific. He served on three different vessels during the war and his ship was under artillery fire while unloading supplies during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He became a veteran when the government declared the Merchant Marines veterans in 1988. Herb married Dolores "Dotty" Wolf on April 10, 1948. After retiring he worked at the Roxy Restaurant in maintenance. Volunteering for the Red Cross Escort Service and Blood Bank was his dedication for many years. He was a lifelong member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church and enjoyed the Men's Club and many friends. He was also a member of the Fox River Retirees for many years. Herb also enjoyed bowling. He died in Oshkosh on December 3, 2007.
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