Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Oba Talbott

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Oba Talbott

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Evansville, Ind. Oba Lay Talbott, 94, of Evansville, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, August 10, 2012, at Heritage Center after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

Oba was born March 17, 1918, in Grandview, Indiana, to Charles and Bertha (Rout) Talbott. One of 12 children, he enjoyed reading, gardening, fishing, bird watching, playing pool at SWIRCA, and sports of any kind, especially the St. Louis Cardinals. Oba blessed many with his beautiful and very talented harmonica playing. A devout American and Christian, Oba was a 66+ year member of Bible Center-The Cathedral, where he selflessly volunteered as a basketball coach and church bus driver. Besides being a devoted supporter for Haitian orphans at the church sponsored orphanage, he volunteered his time painting the orphanage in Haiti. Oba was a proud citizen of this great country and loved to fly the American Flag. He felt honored when he was given a flag that had been flown over the United States Capitol on January 28, 1983, by the Honorable Frank McCloskey, member of Congress. Oba could always be seen sporting a "flag" lapel pin to show his patriotism. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post #1114 Wabash. Oba, a loyal patriot, served his country well. He joined the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) at age 17, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18. After an honorable discharge, he worked at Servel, Inc., as a welder. He re-enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force Base, Unit Infantry, honorably discharged at age 29. A modest and humble soldier, Oba's battles and campaigns included: Egypt-Libia, Tunisia, Sicily, Rome-Arno, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Southern France, Central Europe, Ardennes, Air Offensive Europe, and Plosesti. Decorations and citations include EAME Theater Ribbon with 12 bronze stars, Good Conduct Ribbon, Distinguished Unit Citation, Army of Occupation, CIB and Korea Service Medal, among others. In 1938, while serving in Panama, he placed second in the Olympics for the 100 yard dash, sponsored by the military. An avid fitness buff, he was proud to have been an exercise instructor while serving in the military. …

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