May 19, 2019

Iyyar 14, 5779


Alvin Schnitzer


Kislev 27, 5769

March 26, 1928 to December 23, 2008

Served in USN from 2/13/46 until 12/19/1947. Served aboard the USS Bluebird (ASR-19) and achieved the rating of Seaman 1st class. Boarding the Bluebird in Norfolk. When ready for sea duty, left for the Hawaiian Islands, via the Panama Canal. We operated for 6 months out of Pearl harbor. Left for China via Japan and the Pacific Islands. We stopped at Wake, Okinawa, docking in Yokoska, Japan. Given shore leave and many of us visited Yokohama and Tokyo(censored). Then on to China landing in Tsingtao, which was our operating base for 6 months. The Chinese Red Army surrounded Tsingtao. I believe that because of the Navy & Marines presence they decided not to attack and capture it, they could have if they wished. Back to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for 4 more months as a Wakaii beach commando. Then on to Treasure Island, San Francisco for my discharge. Long train ride home to sweet Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. Alvin Joined Bell Oak Post 648 in Queens County in 1986. He became Commander of the Post, finally climbing the ladder to become Queens County Commander. Alvin gave 17,000 hours to St. Albans Veterans Hospital; he received the Four Chaplain Award, among others.


Served from February 13, 1946 to December 19, 1947

Highest JWV Position

County Commander

Post or Auxiliary

Department of New York


Seaman First Class


Victory Medal WWII