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LUNENBURG - Arvo Oja, 73, of 867 Northfield Road, died Monday night in his home.
   He leaves his wife, Elizabeth R. (Smith) Oja; a son, Alexander A. Oja of East Hampton, Conn.; four daughters, Patricia A. Saari of Florida, Pamela J. Darcy Jr. of Greensboro, N.C., Katherine H. Benoit of Ashburnham, and Ellen R. Miller of Lowell; two brothers, William Oja and Ernest Oja of Townsend; and seven grandchildren.
   He was born in Ashby, the son of Alexander and Hilma (Haarala) Oja.
   Mr. Oja was s boilermaker for Dillon Boiler Works, retiring in 1981.
   He was a World War II veteran, serving in Europe with the 506th Parachute Infantry, and received a Purple Heart.
   Mr. Oja was a member of the Fitchburg chapters of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and AmVets.
  A funeral service will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Bosk Funeral Home, 85 Blossom St., with the Rev. George Cory officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Townsend.
  There will be a calling hour from 9 to 10 a.m. before the funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Program, 50 Nichols Road, Fitchburg.

[Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Worcester, MA, Wednesday, July 26, 1989]

Arvo enlisted at Fort Devens, MA on 2 February 1942.

The date of his arrival i the 508th is not known but Pfc Oja  was in Service Company and issued a Good Conduct Medal on 4 April 1945  under General Order 1945-GO-13, Paragraph 4.

He was discharged on 11 September 1945.





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