Daily Archives: September 15, 2018

Dad’s continuing education Part 2

I don’t know if this was a result of training, or just experience, but Dad became a boilerman and got a certificate to prove it.

(Seal of the United States Department of the Navy)

To all who shall see these presents, greeting:
Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
Elvin Manuel Patrick, I do appoint him Boilerman Third Class in the

United States Navy

to rank as such from the sixteenth day of October nineteen hundred and fifty one.

This appointee will therefore carefully and diligently discharge the duties of the grade to which appointed by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto pertaining. And I do strictly charge and require all personnel of lesser grade to render obedience to appropriate orders. And this appointee is to observe and follow such orders and directions as may be given from time to time by superiors acting according to the rules and articles governing the discipline of the

 Armed Forces of the United States of America

Given under my hand at USS Roanoke CL 145, this sixteenth, day of October, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and Fifty One.

/sig/ J. W. Florence, Commander, USN, Executive Officer

Dad’s continuing education part 1

Even though Dad quit school at 16 or so, he still kept on learning. For one, he completed a Navy Training Course to become a fireman. This was news to me.

Navy Training Course Certificate
Bureau of Naval Personnel & Navy Department
United States of America
(silhouette of Naval ship)

PATRICK, Elvin M., FA, 302 80 08, USN.
Having completed the Navy Training Course

for Fireman with a mark of 3.55 and all required practical factors for Petty Officer —- Class and for the rating of Fireman in accordance with Manual of Qualifications for Advancement in Rating (NavPersl8068) Code 610.011 is awarded this First day of January, 1950.

Notification to this effect has been made in his service record.

/sig/W. H. Sample, ENS., U.S. Navy “B” Division officer

/sig/ E. E. Yeomans, Captain, U. S. Navy. Commanding U.S.S Roanoke (CL-145)

Here’s a certificate from the primary course — about 6 months before the one at the top.

Referral Sheet for Navy Veterans 1950

This was among papers marked “Official” in Mom and Dad’s things. I’m surprised at the vagueness of information and wonder how the addresses were obtained (oh, okay, read the note at the end) without the Internet (yeah, I know I lived without the Internet for much of my life, but it seems so long ago and such a tedious process).

Referral Sheet for Navy Veterans 1950 see table below
Referral Sheet for Navy Veterans 1950

Write to

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Consult your local telephone directory or post office for local address

All copies of DD form 214 now in your possession are for your own personal use. Do Not return any copies of this to the Selective Service Board

Please Note This


All male separatees shall be advised that whether or not they are exempt from induction they must report to a Selective Service Local Board within 30 days of the effective date of separation for the purpose of being registered under the Selective Service Act of 1948.

Chicken Woods Church

I’ve only been in the Country Evangelical Covenant Church aka Lily Lake Swedish Covenant Church aka Chicken Woods Church once that I recall and that was for my Grandma Patrick’s funeral. It is possible I was there for my Grandpa Patrick’s funeral, but I am willing to bet my parents left 2 year-old me with a sitter.

Grandma Patrick was a member of the church and very proud of it. My dad went there until he didn’t have to go to church anymore and I think my cousin, Robert, and his mother, my Aunt Corrine, still go there.

I cannot find any reference to “Chicken Woods” on the Internet, but I know my dad called the area around the church, “Chicken Woods” and the church website mentions “Chicken Grove” ((Interesting bit of historical fact, Charles Ingalls lived in Chicken Grove for a few years as a child.)). I even think my husband and his brothers refer to it as “Chicken Woods” so perhaps it was a local name for the area.

In Grandma Patrick’s curio-cabinet was a framed drawing of a church that I always thought was of the church she attended in Denmark as a child, but now I see it was the Lily Lake Church.

So that’s all I have to say — here’s the drawing, probably from a church program.