Guadalcanal was his first assignment, Okinawa his last – Oscar Hettema was a Seabee

A Seabee in Guadalcanal

War Tales

This was Hettema at 31 when he signed up for the Seabees early in 1942. Photo provided This was Hettema at 31 when he signed up for the Seabees early in 1942. Photo provided

By the time World War II ended, Oscar Hettema of Port Charlotte, Fla. had seen a lot of this world as a chief warrant officer in the Navy Seabees.

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