Arthur John Conta

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  • Name: Arthur John Conta
  • Location of Birth: Chisholm, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: June 17, 1919
  • Date of Death: May 9, 2017
  • Parents: Cesere Conta & Judith (Brousacoram) Conta
  • High School and Class: 1937 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: 1940 Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: AM 3/c (Aviation Metalsmith Petty Officer 3rd Class)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: 1940
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  • Date of Discharge: March 4, 1946
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Arthur John Conta
    Race: White
    Age: 21
    Birth Date: June 17, 1919
    Birth Place: Chisholm, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: 1940
    Employer: Oliver Iron Mining Co., Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 135
    Height: 5-7
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Judith Conta, mother, Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Jul 1945 – Arthur J. Conta, who is now stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Station in St. Louis, MO, writes a letter to Mrs. Gould of Coleraine. “I wish to thank you, and the Coleraine Service Men’s Club for the lovely card and the gift. It’s very thoughtful of you and you can bet the fellas sure appreciate it. It’s hard to believe that Bill is a grown up man now. I remember him as just a little fella. I hope to hear that Jim will soon be back. The weather here is very much like Minnesota’s weather. Keep up the good work you’re doing for the service men, and I hope it will be soon that we can all thank you personally. Yours truly, Arthur J. Conta.”

    Newspaper article: Dec 1945 – “Servicemen’s Club: I received your lovely Christmas gifts, and I want to thank you for your consideration. Every man in our outfit thought it was very nice that the hometown sent Christmas gifts such as those to the boys. They also liked the pictures of our beautiful woods. I’m sure northern Minnesota will have a lot of new tourists. I sincerely hope that all of you have a ‘Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’. Sincerely yours, Arthur J. Conta, AM 3/c.”

    Arthur Conta was stationed in Norman, Oklahoma as a flight engineer during part of his military service time.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Arthur Conta worked at Solar Aircraft in San Diego, California and was a supervisor within the quality control department. He moved to Lemon Grove, California in 1953.

    Arthur died in San Diego County, California. He is survived by his children, Judy Moore (Tom), Mark Conta (Kathy), and Duane Conta (Sherry); five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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