Category Archives: Military

This cap has a few stories to tell

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Sailor close-up portrait snapshot. 1940’s. Private collection.

Another photogenic sailor, with the handy comb in the breast pocket -you know he had just used for this shot- and a cap atop his blonde head that has definitely seen better days!

Although it may seem that way, I don’t specifically look to collect sailors. But this is a nice close-up, ladies and gentlemen.


Far from Home

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2.5″ x 4″ snapshot of sailor in profile. 1940’s. Private Collection.

A small candid photograph of an American sailor in profile, with local children in the background. Chances are this was taken in the North African region between 1940 and 1943, Libya maybe…

So the photographer asked him to pose for the picture, and his reply was to lean toward the camera and present his profile with the hand of a thinking man. It worked out perfectly! While I find the subject beautiful, the composition is as well. It feels professional even if an amateur took it.


U.S.S.Nevada sailor Robert Flowers

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U.S.S. Nevada sailor Robert “Bob” Flowers. RPPC. 1910’s-20’s. Private Collection.

The U.S.S Nevada was launched in 1914. This sailor with an air of confidence may have been one of the first to have manned it.

During the Great War the ship was based in Bantry Bay, Ireland, to protect the supply convoys sailing to and from Great Britain.

RPPC: CYKO. 1904-1920s.


1943. A Sailor’s Prayer

1943 version of A Sailor's Prayer. Postcard. Private Collection.

1943 version of A Sailor’s Prayer. Postcard. Private Collection.

One of the few variations going around from the 20’s to the 60’s. I like this one especially, because of it being published during World War Two.


This 1940’s U.S. Army Technician

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1940’s U.S. army technician. Snapshot. Private Collection.

This American soldier posed all smile by a hill, some time in the 40’s but before 1948. During WW2 or after is unknown. Nothing written on the back either, but with the landscape and the sun on his back I think this candid came out pretty good!

 


Me, Babe and Elliot

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“Me, Babe and Elliot.” Oct 11, 1947. Camp Drake. Tokyo.

This is one of those where the message is half the photograph. Got me laughing some!

Me, Babe and T-5 Elliot.

Place, our club.

Time, ?

and after, ???

Boy, what a night. HA HA.

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Elliot and his buddies were of the 1st Cavalry Division and he was a Technician, a rank discontinued in 1948 but with the equivalent today of Specialist.

And it looks like “Babe” earned his nickname when he lied about his age on his recruitment form!

 

 


Your WW2 era American sailor next door

American Sailor Headshot. Private Collection.

American Sailor Headshot. Private Collection.

On a 2.5″ x 3.5″ headshot. He’d just graduated from basics by the ribbon on his chest. He has a serious expression, looking tough as if to prove his worth to his brothers and family. What bugs me is how his picture got to me. It hasn’t been more than what…seventy years since it was taken? I must be getting old since I think it wasn’t that long ago.

But my point is it already got lost from his family members, and that’s a shame. And then it makes you wonder, did he survive at all?

Thank you for your service, sailor. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

 


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