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Ivan Bixler

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Just before Don Snider went to Ohio a few weeks ago, he went through the LKS roster to get the names and phone numbers of shipmates that live in the Cincinnati area. He planned to call them to see if the data in the roster were correct. He ran across an address in Goshen, Ohio which is next to the little town his Mother lives in. It was the address of Ivan Bixler Seaman second, 1946. Don called Ivan and they met for the first time at Ivan's house.

While visiting him Dom learned that while Ivan was in the Navy he wanted to be a carpenter, but since he was regular Navy and the war was just over, all of the regular Navy personnel were sent to ships to relieve the Navy Reserves so they could go home. So Ivan was assigned to the Lyman K Swenson as a seaman second working in the deck force.

Ivan showed Don his two story home and on the hallway wall upstairs Ivan had about 80% of it dedicated to the Swenson. He had 3-4 pictures of the ship plus numerous other pictures of when the ship was in China and other WESTPAC ports. Really neat! Then outside his home Ivan has a flower bed that is about 15 feet X 25 feet that has a model train track complete with bridges, buildings, tresses, etc all of which he built himself. Ivan invited Don to his workshop where he had seven different train engines as well as about 20 train cars, some of which he built too. Ivan went to carpenter's school when he was discharged from the Navy in 1949 and started his life long profession as a carpenter. His home from the last 35 years was the home he built himself and has raised his family and lived there all of that time. He has a ballcap that says NAVY on it and also a Lyman K Swenson Ballcap that he bought through the VFW and American Legion magazines.

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Don and Ivan


Ivan Bixler (LKS 1946)


Ivan's Flower Bed With Train Layout

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