#VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran Oscar Latimer


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is U.S. Navy Veteran Oscar Latimer. Oscar served during World War I.

Oscar committed to 111 days of honorable service in the U.S. Navy. Oscar joined the U.S. Navy four days after graduation from the University of Texas School of Pharmacy in 1918. He was sent to boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center near Chicago, Illinois, where he completed camp.

After completing training, Oscar remained at boot camp as a Navy Hospital Corpsman and attained the grade of Apprentice 2nd Class.

Unfortunately, in 1918, the start of the deadliest flu pandemic of the 20th century occurred. Oscar died of influenza at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center Hospital, just 111 days after enlisting to serve his country.

Born in Shelby County, Texas, 45 years before Pearl Harbor in 1896, Oscar had a brother and sister. Early in his life, the family moved first to San Augustine County in Texas, and then to Houston, Texas where they made their home.

We honor his service.

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Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.


Alexis Wilson

Alexis Wilson is a senior at Indiana University Bloomington studying journalism at the Media School. She is also a journalism intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.