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Guy F. Hull to Samuel Robert Owens, April 28, 1936

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  • A letter from Guy F. Hull on the behalf of the U.S. Navy recruiting station in Asheville, N.C. to Samuel Owens with an update on Owen's recruitment process. Samuel Robert Owens (1918-1995) was stationed at Cavite Naval Yard in the Philippines when the United States entered World War II. He was a member of the crew of the submarine tender USS Canopus (AS-9), which was actively involved in the defense of the Bataan peninsula until the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942. The majority of the crew of USS Canopus, including Owens, were captured by the Japanese at Corregidor, and became prisoners of war. Owens remained a POW until the end of the war and received the Silver Star and Bronze Star for his service.
  • U.S. NAVY RECRUITING STATION Postoffice Building ,.,., . , „ .As!'i.eyiile, If, C, i'.m.ijaiauel doeert uwens, webster, N.C. April 2S 1936 Dear Sir: This is to notify you that your application papers are now complete and that year n&ne has been placed on our waiting list of preferred applicants. Please hoop this office advised as to any change of address that you may make. Congratulations, i,m>i H/ L-:(^ ' Guy M Hull, ChieF Carpenter's Hal US Navy Recruiter You will be enlisted as soon as possible and any correspondence regarding your enlistment to this office is unnecessary. 1