Robert H. Atteridge

Serving Aboard Battleship In South Pacific
Robert Atteridge, Seaman First Class, son of Mrs. M. Atteridge, 502 Second Street, is serving in the Pacific area aboard a battleship.

While attending senior high school here, he enlisted in the Navy in December 1941 and, after receiving three weeks training at Great Lakes Training Center, IL, he was assigned to the Washington, on which he has served since. His mother said that he speaks very highly of the ship and is very proud of her.

The Washington was engaged in the Gilbert Island landings, unloading operations at Makin Island in the Gilberts, at Nauru Island, and took part in the Kwajalein Operation, according to a release from the Navy Department, as a feature of Navy Day observance.

Robert H. Atteridge, Seaman First Class, left Friday morning for the West Coast, where his ship is docked for repairs. He spent a 14-day furlough in the city, visiting relatives and friends.

Seaman Atteridge has been in the Southwest Pacific the past 18 months. He participated in 13 naval engagements.