Navy Badge
  • Name: LeRoy "Roy" Hubert Laramie
  • Location of Birth: Coleraine, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 28, 1919
  • Date of Death: July 1, 1987
  • Parents: Elmer Laramie & Mary Lucy (Robichaud) Laramie
  • High School and Class: 1939 - Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: PTR 2 (Painter 2nd Class Petty Officer)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: December 22, 1942
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  • Date of Discharge: December 8, 1945
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Michigan
    Name: Roy Hubert Laramie
    Race: White
    Age: 21
    Birth Date: March 28, 1919
    Birth Place: Coleraine, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Kingsford, Dickinson, Michigan, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Ford Motor Co., Kingsford, Dickinson, Michigan
    Weight: 157
    Height: 5-9
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Hair Color: Brown
    Other Characteristic: Scar on right knee
    Next of Kin: Lucy Laramie, mother, Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Itasca Iron News, Coleraine, Minnesota - 1944 – “Dear Friends: I want to thank you for the swell birthday card and money order that I received from you. It sure was a grand feeling to know that no matter where a fellow is, the people back home haven’t forgotten him. I have been receiving The Itasca Iron News right along. It is just like getting a big letter from the hometown folks. Just like any other letter from my friends, I wait from the time I get one until the next one comes. I want to thank you all for those large letters, (the paper) which I enjoy so much. Fritz Ulrich and Bill Mackie are both here on this island and we get together every chance we get to have a good time talking about the home town. However, Bill M. is leaving the island today. So there will only be the two of us here now. It sure is swell seeing someone from home over here. Both Fritz and I expect to be leaving here soon. Where we will go, of course, we don’t know. But hope we will be lucky enough to go to the same place. Well, I’m going to have to sign off for now and go to ‘chow.’ In doing so, I want to thank you all for everything. Hope that the war will be over soon so we can all be home again where we want to be. For now, so long and thanks again. Sincerely, Roy Laramie.”

    Newspaper article: December 1944 – “LeRoy Laramie, writing to his mother, Mrs. A. D. Pellerin, tells of how a bombing raid by the Japs in the South Pacific disturbed his Christmas dinner. He concludes with the statement that the “dinner tasted good after the raid was over,” and that they had “turkey and everything which goes with it.”

    Newspaper article: July 1945 – “Meeting someone from their home town means quite a great deal to the service boys who have seen duty in the Pacific for months and months. Seabee Bill Riley recently wrote his wife from the Philippines that he and Roy Laramie and Louis Brousseau had been fortunate to discover that their camps are located in areas close enough to allow them to meet and that they had seen as much as possible of each other.”

    Newspaper article: August 1945 – “Roy Laramie, son of Mrs. A. E. Pellerin, is a member of a Seabee construction battalion of the Pacific Fleet Service Force which was working on its third major project when the announcement of Japan’s capitulation came. Just completed was a super highway carved out of jungle and mountain coral which linked two islands of major importance. A dock, extending over 4,000 feet, which can berth eight cargo vessels, was almost finished. Completed and successfully operating is a waterline with over 5 miles of pipe which runs from two mountain falls – both higher than Niagara – to the naval supply area. The Seabee unit dug thru jungle and over mountain; fighting insects, tropical rain and mud, and cutting trails by hand, to supply two and a half million gallons of fresh chlorinated water a day for the U.S. forces ashore and afloat. The officers and men of this outfit saw combat in the Solomons, New Guinea and the Philippines.”

    Newspaper article: November 1945 – “Roy Laramie arrived in Coleraine Thursday evening to spend a 30-day furlough visiting his family here. Roy has been in the Pacific theatre of war with the Seabees for nearly two years. Following his furlough here he will report to Davisville, R.I.”

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Roy Laramie married Cecelia Murphy in 1946 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He worked as an instructor at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud for 25 years until he retired in 1974. He was a member of the VFW Post 4847, Moose Lodge 1400, Beaux & Belles Square Dancers Club, and National Ski Hall of Fame.

    Roy died in St. Cloud, Minnesota and is buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Section S, Site 4482). He is survived by his wife, Cecelia; two sons, Daniel and Jim; two brothers, Paul and Arthur; a sister, Marjorie (John) Hennessy; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Adele Sterle.

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