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Basque-American Veterans in WWII

Basque-American Veterans in WWII

Posted: 1006367953000
Classification: Military
Hi all,

Here, we have our first message board dedicated to Americans of Basque origin.
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-American Veterans in WWII

David Lachiondo (View posts)
Posted: 1014751513000
Classification: Query
My father, Julian Lachiondo, fought in the South Pacific as part of the 41st Infantry division. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1931 at the age of 16 and was drafted in 1941 before Pearl Harbor. He was not a U.S. citizen but received his citizenship papers while in combat in New Guinea. He was part of the Hollandia invasion of New Guinea and later fought on the island of Biak. He contracted malaria and was sent home in 1944. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in WWII. He attended divisions reunions until his death in 1991.

Re: Basque-American Veterans in WWII

Pedro Oiarzabal (View posts)
Posted: 1020973063000
Classification: Query
Hi David, accept my apologises for not responding you earlier, and thank you very much for your information about your father. Would you know if your father had Basque friends during the war years or if he kept in touch with them after?
Have you kept any memorabilia from your father's years in the war?
At the Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, we are trying to locate as many Basque, and Basque-Americans who serve during WWII in order to create the first collection of Basque-American in WWII, so if you would like to send us anything information that you may consider important, you are welcome to do it.
The address is Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557; (775) 784-4854; Fax (775) 784-1355
http://basquestudies.unr.edu
Pedro Oiarzabal

Re: Basque-American Veterans in WWII

Posted: 1083896266000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Lachiondo
I am researching the Lachiondo surname for my manager Dorothy. Her father was Joseph LACHIONDO and her Grandfather Alphonso. Trying to find out the town he came from in Spain. Have his information from Ellis Island. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Basque-American Veterans in WWII

David Lachiondo (View posts)
Posted: 1083901306000
Classification: Query
My father, Julian Lachiondo, was born in Ibarrangelua, Vizcaya, Spain. His father, Manuel, was born in Mendexa,Vizcaya, Spain. My uncle, Tomas, lived in Elanchove, Spain.

Re: Basque-American Veterans in WWII

Posted: 1083902040000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Lachiondo
I think Dorothy mentioned you were a relative but I can't remember how. Is there any places I should be looking for information on this family?

franki@techline.com


Thanks
Posted: 1083943371000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1192834383000
Surnames: Lachiondo
Hi there,
Give me a couple of days and I will try to find out about the origin of your name. It is definetely Basque. Once in America where did you relatives settle?

Re: Lachiondo

Posted: 1083953460000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1107760622000
Surnames: Lachiondo
Thanks David

Dorothy's relatives settle in Hoquiam, WA. Her Dad is deceased now and she wants me to find out what I can about their orgin. Have a picture of the ship he came over on. and his Ellis Island passage record. Says he sailed from Liverpool but he was Spanish(Spain) basque.

Thanks for your help

She would love to get a picture of him.

Re: Lachiondo

Posted: 1084064584000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1192834383000
Surnames: Lachiondo
Hi,
I haven't found much about the Lachiondo surname (Spanish spell): It can be spelled in many different ways such as Latxiondo, Sasionso, or Sosiondo. All of those are spelled according to the Basque language. It means in English bramble or bramble patch...
I hope this information will help you.
Here you have some webs for further information: http://www.buber.net/Basque/Diaspora/
http://www.euskalabizenak.com

Re: Lachiondo

Lachiondo (View posts)
Posted: 1084070104000
Classification: Query
We settled in Boise Idaho. When my father first came to the U.S. he went to Riverton, Wyoming where he met his Dad and brothers who were herding sheep. My Uncle Lucio is buried inthe Riverton Cemetery. Bubuers' Basque Page has a lot of information on surnames including Lachiondo. The web address is http://www.buber.net/Basque/.
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