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Mehl, Helen M.



Helen M. Mehl was born in Lufkin, Texas, and moved to Long Beach, California, when she was three years old. She married Lieutenant Wayne Mehl in 1961, and spent three years living in Hawaii during Wayne’s service aboard the submarine USS Growler (SSG-577). While in Hawaii, she interacted with other officers’ wives, worked two jobs, attended school, and painted.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Helen M. Mehl Oral History

Identifier: OHP 138
Scope and Contents Helen M. Mehl married Lieutenant Wayne Mehl in 1961, and spent three years living in Hawaii during Wayne’s service aboard Growler. Mehl began her interview by discussing her childhood and her upbringing in a traditional Methodist family. She then stated that after graduating high school, she attended Stanford University to study art and art history. This was where she met Wayne Mehl, and she noted that by her senior year, they were engaged. Mehl then continued, stating that she moved to...
Dates: June 29, 2017

Wayne J. Mehl Oral History

Identifier: OHP 137
Scope and Contents Wayne Mehl served aboard Growler as the engineering officer and the nuclear weapons officer from 1961 to 1964. He began his interview by discussing his childhood growing up on a naval base in San Francisco during World War II and noting how his father, a lieutenant during the First World War, heavily influenced his decision to join the Navy. Mehl then discussed his education at Stanford University and explained his decision to join the NROTC program, stating that his engineering degree,...
Dates: June 29, 2017

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