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Bob Bastas - Korean War

Bob Bastas served with the U.S. Air Force as a personnel clerk in Korea from late 1952 through August 1953. Responsible for maintaining sensitive personnel files for the 1993 Airway and Air Communications Squadron at Kimpo Air Base, he shares his observations of U.S. and U.N. operations, American efforts to deliver propaganda over enemy lines, and the life of an enlisted airman during the war.

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Judge's Wedding

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early life and experiences in Korea

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Married by a criminal judge

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Laura and Thomas Bastas circa 1944 in front of their home in Benton, IL.

Where:

Benton, IL

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1944

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Narrator's photo

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Young Bob Bastas, at age 9 with his father, Thomas, circa 1940.

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Unknown

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1940

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Narrator's photo

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A sketch made at the Ernie Pyle Theatre in Tokyo, Japan, bvy the artist Sasaki circa August 12, 1953.

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Tokyo, Japan

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August 12, 1953

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Narrator's photo

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The U.S.N.S. Gen. Nelson M. Walker, the ship that took Bastas from America to Yokohama, Japan.

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Yokohama, Japan

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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A light bomber, loaded with American and U.N. propaganda leaflets, circa November 8, 1952.

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Unknown

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November 8, 1952

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Narrator's photo

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Loading an aircraft with leaflet bombs filled with American and U.N. propaganda, circa November 8, 1952.

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Unknown

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November 8, 1952

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Narrator's photo

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American aircraft on the tarmac at Kimpo Air Base.

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Kimpo Air Base, Korea

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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Lieutenants in Bastas' squadron, the 1993rd Airway and Air Communications Squadron.

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Unknown

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1993

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Narrator's photo

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Korean children playing near Kimpo Air Base.

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Korea

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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A view of the rice paddies in the Korean countryside outside of Kimpo AFB. (Narrator's photo)

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outside Kimpo Air Force Base, Korea

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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Bastas smiles broadly for the camera in front of the Kimpo AFB tents and the chapel, circa May of 1953.

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Kimbo Air Base

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May of 1953

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Narrator's photo

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Bastas in his class B uniform in front of one of the tents being repaired, circa May 1953.

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Unknown

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May 1953

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Narrator's photo

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An F-86 fighter jet being serviced at Kimpo AFB.

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Kimpo AFB

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Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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Bastas (on the left) and an Air Force buddy with two friends from the army during an R & R in Tokyo, Japan during the winter of 1952-53.

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Tokyo, Japan

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1952-53

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Narrator's photo

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A shot from the control tower at Osan?

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Osan?

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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The Headquarter Squadron quonset huts at Osan AFB, where Bastas worked as a member of the 1993rd.

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Osan AFB

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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A flight line of F-86 fighters in August of 1953 at Osan AFB.

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Osan AFB

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1953

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Narrator's photo

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The control tower operators of the 1993rd at Osan AFB.

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Osan AFB

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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The Capitol building in Seoul, Korea, circa May 1953.

Where:

Seoul, Korea

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1953

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Narrator's photo

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A countryside scene north of Kimpo AFB in March of 1953.

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Kimpo AFB

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1953

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Narrator's photo

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A countryside scene north of Kimpo AFB in March of 1953.

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Kimpo AFB

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1953

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Narrator's photo

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A photograph taken by Bastas of his buddies in the countryside north of Kimpo AFB in March of 1953.

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Kimpo AFB

When:

1953

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Narrator's photo

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A photograph taken by Bastas of his buddies in the countryside north of Kimpo AFB in March of 1953.

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countryside north of Kimpo AFB

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March of 1953

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Narrator's photo

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A shot of a helicopter returning American POW soldiers repatriated from the North Korean/Chinese prison camps.

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Unknown

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1953

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Narrator's photo

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The photo is blurry, but the events are momentous. Injured POWs arriving from their prison camps in North Korea in August, 1953.

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North Korea

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August, 1953

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Narrator's photo

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American propaganda leaflet that was dropped over Communist lines by American aircraft.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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Propaganda leaflet.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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American propaganda leaflet that was dropped over Communist lines by American aircraft. Propaganda leaflet (mother with children).

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Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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Propaganda leaflet (red and beige stripes).

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Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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American propaganda leaflet that was dropped over Communist lines by American aircraft. Propaganda leaflet (man with mustache and rope).

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Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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Propaganda leaflet.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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American propaganda leaflet that was dropped over Communist lines by American aircraft. Family praying.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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Propaganda leaflet.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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American propaganda leaflet that was dropped over Communist lines by American aircraft. Propaganda leaflet (man in army green holding up poster).

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Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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Thumbs up.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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American propaganda leaflet that was dropped over Communist lines by American aircraft. Propaganda leaflet (soldiers at the bottom of a waterfall).

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Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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Propaganda leaflet (blue lettering).

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Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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American propaganda leaflet that was dropped over Communist lines by American aircraft. Propaganda leaflet.

Where:

Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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Propaganda leaflet (text).

Where:

Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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American propaganda leaflet that was dropped over Communist lines by American aircraft. Propaganda leaflet (drawing, airplanes and cannons, man with gun).

Where:

Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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Propaganda leaflet. (This image is considered to be in the public domain.)

Where:

Unknown

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Unknown

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Unknown

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American propaganda leaflet that was dropped over Communist lines by American aircraft. Propaganda leaflet (three images of a man in different poses). (This image is considered to be in the public domain.)

Where:

Unknown

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Propaganda leaflet (green text). (This image is considered to be in the public domain.)

Where:

Unknown

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Unknown

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Unknown

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American propaganda leaflet that was dropped over Communist lines by American aircraft. Propaganda leaflet (Koreans at work) (This image is considered to be in the public domain.)

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Propaganda leaflet (UN symbol on top) (This image is considered to be in the public domain.)

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Unknown

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American propaganda leaflet that was dropped over Communist lines by American aircraft. Propaganda leaflet (two panels). (This image is considered to be in the public domain.)

Where:

Unknown

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Propaganda leaflet (text). (This image is considered to be in the public domain.)

Where:

Unknown

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Unknown

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Unknown

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American propaganda leaflet that was dropped over Communist lines by American aircraft. Sketch of a mountain dated 1947. (This image is considered to be in the public domain.)

Where:

Unknown

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Unknown

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Unknown



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A Safe Conduct Certificate. (This image is considered to be in the public domain.)

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Bob Bastas' Income Tax withholding statement from 1952. (Narrator's document)

Where:

Unknown

When:

1952

Ownership:

Narrator's document



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