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Basque-Americans in WWII

Basque-Americans in WWII

Posted: 27 Nov 2001 10:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi all,
At the moment, I am researching the participation of Basque-Americans in WWII and The Korean War. In particular, I am interested in the so-called Basque code-talkers or the use of the Basque language in intelligence/communication services(Signal Corps Unit, since 1942, in San Diego or San Francisco communication centers during the Pacific Campaign).
Also, I am interested in contacting WWII or The Korean War veterans or relatives, which could have been involved in the aforementioned service.
I would appreciate if you could help me in the research -- through the publication of this notice in your website and/or newsletter, if possible
Sincerely,
Pedro J. Oiarzabal
Center for Basque Studies
University of Nevada, Reno
NV 89557
Phone (775) 784-4854
Fax (775) 784-1355
pjo@unr.edu
http://basquestudies.unr.edu

Re: Basque-Americans in WWII

Posted: 13 Nov 2011 2:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
You could also try NARA?

Regards

Re: Basque-Americans in WWII

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 8:57AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you! I did try but no luck

Re: Basque-Americans in WWII

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 9:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello
Sorry you did not find any info from NARA.

This maybe of interest to you.

http://wwwstatic.kern.org/gems/historicalSociety/Vol582Summe...

http://www.basquemuseum.com/

Regards

Re: Basque-Americans in WWII

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 9:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the information. It is great,
All the best

Re: Basque-Americans in WWII

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 11:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, you too.

Regards

Re: Basque-Americans in WWII

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 2:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
I was curious one night and stumbled upon to this thread. Anyhow, I have an idea. You've probably done it already, but...
Have you tried doing a military records search on last names only? Pick like the ten most common Basque-origin surnames that are not Spanish (i.e. There maybe a lot of Garcias in Basque, but I don't think Garcia is a Basque name so you could exclude it.) That would give you a starting list of names.
Google can be useful too. A good old-fashioned newspaper archive search for the names you turn up (especially from a small town newspaper) plus a bit of logic and deduction can turn a little theory into a lot of data. That's how I found which ship my uncle was on when it went down. (He was part of a troop detachment, so he wasn't on the muster rolls).
You could start with newspapers from towns with a large population of Basque immigrants. There's this website where you enter a surname and it tells you the areas it is most common in. worldnames.publicprofiler.org
Good luck.

Re: Basque-Americans in WWII

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 12:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you very much for your comment and suggestion, which I will take into consideration.
Best regards,
Pedro
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