For God and Country

​​​Martin County Veterans Memorial www.mcvm.org

BIOGRAPHY  Gilbert "Gil" Sheely enjoyed telling people that he "spent six  years in the U.S. Navy and never set foot on a ship". He left for boot camp at Great lakes, Illinois in January 1941 and then took training to be an aviation metalsmith. His duty stations took him to Corpus Christi, Texas; Williamsburg, Virginia; Banana River, Florida; and then Trinidad, British West Indies. His work consisted of building replacement parts and then repairing damaged airplanes.  In addition, he was assigned maintenance work to keep planes flying. At some of his duty stations, his wife, Prudy from Marshall, Minnesota, worked at a plant as a "Rosie the Riveter". When WWII ended, he was honorably discharged as Petty Officer, First Class (E6) at San Diego, California. His medals were the WWII Victory Medal; the American Area Campaign Medal; the American Defense Medal; and the Good Conduct Medal with one star.

BRANCH OF SERVICE: Navy

SHEELY, GILBERT R

YEARS OF SERVICE: 1941-1947