Sailor Information

Edgar Max BOLLES


 

Sailor: Edgar Max BOLLES's USS BOSTON Naval Record
Rank when arriving on the Boston: Fireman 3rd Class (F3c)
Enlisted on: 1943-09-16 at: Denver, CO
Number of days on USS Boston: 675

Date sailor reported to the Boston: 1944-01-13
Notes on sailor arrival: R/S Pearl Harbor

Date sailor left from the Boston: 1945-11-18 | See Original Document
Notes on sailor departure: USS ALHENA FFT



Promotions for this sailor

1944-01-13 Promotion to: Fireman 2nd Class (F2c) | See Original Document Comments:
1944-06-03 Promotion to: Fireman 1st Class (F1c) | See Original Document Comments:
1945-02-01 Promotion to: Water Tender 3rd Class (WT3c) | See Original Document Comments:
1945-11-01 Promotion to: Water Tender 2nd Class (WT2c) | See Original Document Comments:

Discipline for this Sailor


Personnel Notes for this Sailor

Sailor was recorded in March 1944 Muster | See Original Document
Sailor was recorded in June 1944 Muster | See Original Document
Sailor was recorded in September 1944 Muster | See Original Document
Sailor was recorded in December 1944 Muster | See Original Document
Sailor was recorded in March 1945 Muster | See Original Document

Deck Log Notes for this sailor


Milestones for this sailor

Sailor served outside the Continental Limits of the United States on March 5, 1944
Sailor participated in the Marshall Islands Campaign from 29 Jan 44 to 7 Feb 44
Sailor participated in the capture and occupation of ENIWETOK from 15 Feb 1 to 1 Mar 1944
Crossed the equator 9 Mar 1944 and participated in the initiation ceremonies held by Neptunus Rex and his royal party
Sailor participated in attacks against PALAU and Western Caroline Islands from 30 Mar to April 1st 1944
Sailor participated in attacks and occupation of HOLLANDIA and NORTHWESTERN NEW GUINEA on 21-27 April, and subsequent attacks on TRUK and the bombardment of SATAWAN ISLAND on 23-30 April 1944
Sailor participated in attacks on the MARCUS ISLANDS 19-20 May and the attack on WAKE ISLAND on 23 May 1944
Sailor participated in the engagement and rout of a major Japanese task force in the waters east of the Philippines during the period 17-21 June 1944, while USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.1
Sailor participated in the attacks on GUAM and ROTA ISLANDS (Marianas Group) on 11-13 June, and the attacks on IWO JIMA, CHICHI JIMA, and HAHA JIMA (Bonin Island group) on 15-16 June 1944, while the USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.1
Sailor participated in the attacks on PAGAN ISLANDS and IWO JIMA (Bonin Island group) on 23-24 June 1944, while the USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.1
Sailor participated in bombardment of IWO JIMA on 4 July 1944 while USS BOSTON WAS A UNIT of Task Group 58.2
Sailor participated in the attacks on GUAM and ROTA during the period 6-20 July 1944, and subsequently in operations in support of the invasion of GUAM during the period 21-22 July 1944, while the USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.2
Sailor participated in the attacks on PALAU ISLANDS during the period 25-27 July 1944, while USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.2
Sailor participated in the attacks on PALAU ISLANDS during the period 6-8 September 1944, while USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 38.2
Sailor participated in the attacks on CELEBES ISLANDS and the operations in support of the landing on MOROTAI ISLANDS during the period 15-16 September 1944, While the USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 38.1
Sailor participated in the attacks LUZON during the period 21-22 September 1944 and the attacks on the VISAYAN GROUP (Philippine Islands) on 24 September 1944, while the USS Boston was a unit of task group 38.1
Sailor participated in the attacks on NANSEI SHOTO ISLANDS on 10 October 1944, While USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 38.1

 

Biography

Edgar M. Bolles b. 1924. d. 1989

Born in Oklahoma to Lady Jewel Lindsey and John Lee Bolles, and defending freedom from the moment he could, Dick, as he was known, pursued life and love after his family moved from depression-ravaged Oklahoma to Colorado. Marrying Mae was the best thing that ever happened to Dick. He loved his three children, grand children and great-grandchildren. Humor, charm, hard work and believing God were his credo. He loved mining, country music, history, baseball, politics, animals, gardening, good food and his family. Everyone that knew him loved him and everyone that loved him misses him terribly. Entering the Navy at 19, after WWII, he thought about becoming a dentist but was insecure about his early education limited to 8th grade and didn't pursue higher education; instead focusing on self-learning and pursuing his prior interest in uranium mining he shared with his brothers.

In the early 60s, uranium hit bottom. Dick and Mae decided to seek financial security for their family and returned to Alaska. After having had a short stent there right after the war, working for the ARR, Alaska Railroad, he completed 17 years more. In a family of giants, he was only 5'9, but Dick and his brothers' knowledge of mining was 2nd to none. Always contacted by other miners to share their knowledge, Dick and his brothers loved the very industry that sealed their fate... Heart disease and cancer. Once he was even asked to teach at the Colorado School of Mines but declined because he didn't think the students could understand his Oklahoma way of speaking.

Dick died of lung cancer in '89, deep blue eyes still twinkling and not one complaint. He never talked of his time in the Navy but always warned of protecting our freedoms. He believed in a U.S. leadership role in the world but only to get in it to win it, not to democratize the world, but to repress evil. He was not an anti-colonialist, but was pro-freedom and law.

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