Biography of Wilfred Osman (Bill Osman)
Assistant Leader, CCCMan, Company 1660, Quincy, Illinois
GM2/c, USS New York BB34, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, USN
My name is Wilfred (Bill) Osman from Prescott, Arizona. I joined the CCC because there was no available employment around my home in Southern Illinois.
I got to the camp in Quincy by train from Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Shortly after arriving at the camp, I had the flu so went to the dispensary. There was an opening in the dispensary for another attendant and I was asked if I wanted it. Naturally, I said "yes" so as to avoid the other strenuous work, and I would have private living nd sleeping quarters. Quite often we were awakened in the middle of the night to attend to boys who had gone to the local pub, got drunk and into fights. They always came back to camp to get patched up. In addition, I also fingerprinted all new recruits.
I served six months in 1941 as an assistant leader in the company hospital at Quincy, Illinois. My Company number was 1660. My company's work was erosion control in farm areas.
My tour of duty included December 6, 1941, and when my tour was over, I went home to Herod, Illinois to await induction into the Armed Forces. I then served three years aboard the U.S.S. New York, BB34, which participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. I was a Gunner's Mate 2nd Class in the Navy. My duty was loading the 14-inch guns.
My brother-in-law, Roy (Dutch) Shockley of Rosiclare, Illinois, was also in the CCC's in 1941. He was at Company 692, Giant City State Park at Makanda, Illinois. His reason for joining was the same as mine - no employment around Southern Illinois. He, too, left the camp to await induction into the army. While in the Army, he was attached to the Engineer Corps in the South Pacific for three years. He is now deceased.
----- Bill Osman
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