Oaklyn A. Erickson

Wins Commendation in Records Unit

Corporal Oaklyn A. Erickson is a member of the 24th Machine Records Unit, which has won a commendation for outstanding services at Headquarters, South Pacific Base Command, according to word received by his wife, who lives in Strum. 

F. Gilbreath, Major General, in commending the outstanding record made by this organization from May 15, 1943 to August 1, 1944, states, “During this period, you demonstrated superior technical ability in successfully overcoming the many supply, operational, and servicing handicaps with which you were faced. Your accomplishments, under extremely difficult conditions, aided materially in the efficient keeping of the records of the many troops engaged in island warfare in this theater, and this important mission played a vital role in the success of our Armed Forces.”

Corporal Erickson, who is the son of Mrs. Anna Erickson of Strum, worked for the U.S. Signal Corps as a civilian, before entering the Armed Services in December 1942. He served in the Signal Corps in the Army, until he was wounded in October 1943. After recovering, he was assigned to the tabulating unit.