Poll, Milfred, PhM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1945, PhM-0000, USS Liddle (APD-60)
Service Years
1942 - 1946
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate

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Home Town
Caldwell, MI
Last Address
Grand Rapids, MI

Date of Passing
Feb 23, 2007
Location of Interment
Washington Park Memorial Gardens - Kent County, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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US Navy
  1943-1945, PhM-0000, USS Liddle (APD-60)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Ormoc Bay
  1945-1945 Borneo Operations/Battle of Balikpapan
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 17, 1942, Married Alberta J Ehman1
  May 01, 1945, Promoted to PhM2
  Feb 22, 2019, General Photos
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Last Known Activity

Milfred Poll was born on October 12, 1921 and was one of three Poll boys.

Milfred received his early education in their town's one room schoolhouse and went on to graduate from Lake City High School in 1938. Soon thereafter, he moved to Grand Rapids, where he found work at Imperial Furniture and later American Seating. During this time, Milfred began a serious relationship with Alberta Ehmen, whom he had known since they were teens. Their love grew, and Milfred and Alberta were happily married on August 17, 1942. The newlyweds didn't have much time to settle into married life before Milfred followed the same patriotic call of many young men during World War II and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. His first tour of duty lasted 44 months, during which time he earned the Bronze Star with "V" device at Ormac Bay as a Navy Corpsman (medic). Finally, Milfred was granted a leave to go home, but he no sooner got home and was ordered to return. He received his honorable discharge from the Navy on January 3, 1946.

Milfred and Alberta were the proud parents of six sons: Edward, Michael, Thomas, Russell, Rogor and R. Kevin. Milfred loved being a father and was always active with his sons. They all participated in the Boy Scouts and each boy earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The family were members of the Seventh Reformed Church, where Milfred served as an elder and deacon. They later became members of the Remembrance Reformed Church and after that Calvary Church, where Milfred taught Sunday School. To support his family, Milfred worked for the Grand Rapids Board of Education as the Supervisor of the Maintenance Department. After the military, he had learned to do carpentry work, which came in handy at work and at home. And for fun, he learned to fly under the tutelage of Richard DeVos.

After retiring in 1983, Milfred underwent ceramic hip replacement surgery to repair both hips within a year of each other (this was a first in Michigan). Once he was back on his feet again, he and Alberta began to travel and spent four years in Texas and four years in Arizona. Back at home, Milfred liked to hit the road on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, hit the golf course for a round of 18 holes or go bowling. He liked to be active and continued to be--right up until he couldn't anymore.
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