Oscar J. Agraz, Chief Yeoman, born March 28, 1917, Mexico City, Mexico,
graduated high school and studied gas engineering at the University of
Kansas. He joined the USN Oct. 15, 1934, and was discharged March 28,
1940. He then enlisted in the USNR Dec. 15, 1941, and was discharged
Nov. 29, 1945.
Military stations included the USS West Virginia, five
and one half years; USN recruiting service; USN Amphibious forces; and Mine
Sqdn. 104 on the USS Pickett.
Memorable experiences were with the MinRon 104,
minesweeping Tokyo Bay prior to USS Missouri entrance and minesweeping the
Inland Sea. The mist memorable experience was volunteering for duty on
the USS West Virginia after her refitting; he was first sent to amphibs then
to mine force, there were no vacant CY billets!
His awards include two Good Conduct Awards (Fleet
Clasp), American Defense, American Theater and Pacific Theater (Western
Carolines, Okinawa and Japan).
He and his wife Maxine live in Vallejo, CA, and they
have three children and one grandchild. He was employed by the Pacific
Gas and Electric Co. as a district gas superintendent. He is a member
of the Patrol Craft Sailors Association, Naval Minewarfare Association and
the USS West Virginia Group.
Reprinted with permission from Turner Publishing.
Oscar J. Agraz passed away in December 2001.