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Ronald Ondish Collection

Collection Number: A&M 4296

Scope and Contents

Papers of Ronald Ondish (1925-2014). This collection includes two photo albums, a scrapbook, and other material.

There is a photo album of what appears to be family members with some identification (ca. 1920s); a photo album of Ronald Ondish with who appear to be friends and family, including many pictures featuring military service uniforms from the WWII era (ca. 1940s-1960s); and a babybook for Ronald Robert Ondish junior that includes greeting cards (such as birthday, valentines, easter and Christmas), newspaper clippings, photographs (ca. 1947-1957).

The collection also includes letters, photographs, and other documents relating to Ronald Ondish's service in the Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, which was sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

In addition to these items, the collection contains other portraits and photographs of members of the Ondish family (ca. 1920s-1930s), a marriage service program for William H. Dubene and Lillian Sherman (1928), and a corsage (undated).


  • 1920-1972


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Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please see the Permissions and Copyright page on the West Virginia and Regional History Center website.

Biographical / Historical

Ronald Robert Ondish was born on September 5, 1925 in Level Green, Pennsylvania. (Sometimes the date is listed as September 6 or 1924). A bricklayer by trade, he served in the Navy during WWII and was present on the USS Princeton during the largest naval battle in history, Leyte Gulf. Upon his return he worked in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia, including the renovations and additions to Woodburn Circle in the 1980s. He passed away in 2014.


1.1 Linear Feet (1 ft. 1 in. (2 document cases, 5 in. each); (1 flat storage box, 3 in.))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:


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Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US