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FOUND! My Grandfather's WWII Scrapbook!

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posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 11:13 PM
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Hello ATS. I'm hoping this post will interest the WWII buffs in our community. My grandfather served in the Navy during WWII. I have a few old photos, letters, etc since he passed in 2002.

A few months ago, my father passed and I have recently started going through all of things in his house. I found a box with very old photo albums in it. At the bottom was an album labeled "Scrapbook". Once I opened it, I realized it was my grandfather's scrapbook from his time in the Navy during WWII!

I'm so excited I found it. I wasn't even aware that it existed. There are hundreds of photographs contained within. I thought I would share some of the more interesting photos with you. Some of the photos have descriptions and dates written on them and some do not, so I will do my best to add some info to the photos I post. I hope everyone enjoys!

My grandfather served primarily on the USS Black, a destroyer. Black proceeded to Pearl Harbor, via San Diego, Calif., and reported for duty on 15 November 1943. Shortly thereafter, she steamed to Tarawa and was assigned screening duty off Tarawa Lagoon entrance. She continued this duty until 22 January 1944, with occasional diversion as escort for transports to the 180th meridian. On 15 January 1944 she rescued 22 survivors of two downed patrol aircraft 50 miles (95 km) south of Jaluit.

After seeing her first combat during the invasion of Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands (29 January–8 February 1944), Black rendered fine service in
the Aitape and Hollandia, New Guinea, landings (22 April – 7 May); Saipan invasion (11 June – 4 July); capture of Guam (21 July – 10 August); and Leyte operation (20–21 October and 13–14 November).

The destroyer then returned to San Francisco, Calif. for repairs which lasted until February 1945.

Repairs completed, she sailed to Ulithi where, upon arrival on 13 March, she reported to the Fast Carrier Task Force (then TF 58) for duty. Between 17 March and 30 May Black participated in the 5th and 3rd Fleet raids in support of the Okinawa operation. After a period of rest and upkeep at Leyte Gulf, Black took part in the 3rd Fleet operations against Japan (10 July – 15 August 1945) and, on 15 August, the day Japan agreed to surrender, was present during one of the Pacific War's final kamikaze attacks.

After the cessation of hostilities Black remained off Japan assisting in the occupation until 1 September when, as a unit of TF 72, she departed with the occupation forces for Inchon, Korea. She served in the Far Fast on occupation duty until 10 November 1945, when she left Tsingtao, China, for the United States. Upon arrival, Black reported for inactivation and was placed out of commission in reserve on 5 August 1946 at Long Beach, Calif.

Black received six battle stars for her World War II service.

I have a few great original photos of the USS Black but they are in storage. This photo is from the google images. (Notice the triple 6.
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Here is my grandfather.


Postcard from my grandfather to my grandmother from San Francisco.
Front.

Back.


Making colors.


Honolulu Harbor


Basketball. Camp Shoemaker, California.


Ships at Lunga Point, Guadalcanal.


Fire School


Church service for the troops on the ship.


Picking up cargo in Norfolk, Virginia.


Mooring at port.


Taking in troops in New York.


Entertaining the troops with some boxing and music.



Mail!


Ships in Pacific.


German prisoner on left.


Unloading troops in Naples, Italy.


Le Havre, France


My grandfather and grandmother.

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posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 11:16 PM
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WOW!!! That's something to cherish! Thanks for sharing!


Can tell by your writing you are proud of him and thrilled!



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 11:20 PM
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originally posted by: seeker1963
a reply to: jtrenthacker


WOW!!! That's something to cherish! Thanks for sharing!


Can tell by your writing you are proud of him and thrilled!




Thank you. I guess the older I get, the more nostalgic I become. I loved my grandfather and he always had great stories. Now that he's gone and recently my father, I'm excited to find any kind of photos of them.



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 11:24 PM
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Nothing wrong with being proud of who you are and where you came from! I wish I knew more of my ancestors!



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 11:29 PM
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DAMN he served tours in both ocean theaters? That's too much!






posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 11:31 PM
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a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss

LOL. I mean, look at him in the last photo. Honestly, would you mess with that man? Not me.

The greatest generation.
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posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 11:33 PM
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Imagine SJWs/Antifa facing off against Imperial Japanese Troops only for the Japanese to start screaming "Tenno Heika, (Long Live the Emperor) BANZAI!"





posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 11:36 PM
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originally posted by: starwarsisreal
a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss

Imagine SJWs/Antifa facing off against Imperial Japanese Troops only for the Japanese to start screaming "Tenno Heika, (Long Live the Emperor) BANZAI!"




You know, I often wonder if I would have the sand to go through what they did. I would like to think when it came down to it, I would.

They gave their lives so I wouldn't have to find out.



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 11:42 PM
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Personally I wouldn't wanna be in the Pacific War during WW2 because I am more afraid of Imperial Japan's brutality.

In fact, if I see hordes of Japanese troops coming right at me doing Banzai charges I would s*** my pants.



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 11:44 PM
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Don't get me wrong, I'm with you. I just think we might be more brave than we know when confronted with death.



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 11:48 PM
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a reply to: jtrenthacker

Thank you so much for sharing that! What fantastic photos! Such a great historical record of a very different time.

You made this WWII buff's evening!

I could be mistaken, but the RADM in the photo with the German prisoner looks like Raymond Spruance to me.



posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 11:50 PM
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Tbh I'm timid but your right if I am in that situation all gloves would be off and I'll simply pray that the afterlife isn't so bad.

Europe don't have that will though. Look at Merkel when she imported Radical Islamists to Europe in the name of 'cultural enrichment'.
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posted on Jun, 17 2017 @ 12:04 AM
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I could be mistaken, but the RADM in the photo with the German prisoner looks like Raymond Spruance to me.


I'm glad you enjoyed them! After looking up photos of Spruance, he does look like him, doesn't he? I wonder what the story is behind the photo? I wish I could've looked through this scrapbook with my grandfather so he could explain everything.
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posted on Jun, 17 2017 @ 12:26 AM
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originally posted by: jtrenthacker

I could be mistaken, but the RADM in the photo with the German prisoner looks like Raymond Spruance to me.


I'm glad you enjoyed them! After looking up photos of Spruance, he does look like him, doesn't he? I wonder what the story is behind the photo? I wish I could've looked through this scrapbook with my grandfather so he could explain everything.


The more I look at the photo the more I think that is Spruance, but that begs another question: what's he doing alongside a captured German regular?

Right before the US got into the war, Spruance was commandant of the 10th Naval District HQ Puerto Rico. I think he went straight from that command to the Northampton and his cruiser division in the Pacific in early 1942, so I don't know when he would have had any contact with any German troops...

Still, I do think that is him in your photo. He would have been a RADM (2 star) in 1941 and 1942...

Again, great pics!



posted on Jun, 17 2017 @ 12:26 AM
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Thanks for sharing,that was a great look into the past.



posted on Jun, 17 2017 @ 01:00 AM
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Thanks so much for sharing your grandfather's scrapbook.

Now that I'm older I realize the importance of having physical photographs to look at as personal history, not just jpgs on your iphone.

Also, I had a family member who absconded with a lot of pictures of my mother, who died in 2000. What a drag! I imagine some of the beautiful pictures I saw of her when I was a child and when she was young and beautiful. I long for them now.

Another thing is, that these are the very things that will bring this country together, because all American families have veterans of foreign wars and soldiers in their family. All of us!!! All the men in my family served in the armed forces, back four generations!

If we focused on that instead of political barriers, we would be a much healthier country. Does anyone disagree?



posted on Jun, 17 2017 @ 01:01 AM
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Thats awesome!
Thanks for sharing with us!



posted on Jun, 17 2017 @ 01:53 AM
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a reply to: jtrenthacker

What an interesting post!
Thank you!



posted on Jun, 17 2017 @ 01:53 AM
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That's an amazing find you've got there wow. A lot of rich History in those pages your Grandpa left. That must have been quite a shock seeing all the old photo's from the war. That's Amazing! Im glad you were able to share it with others, a museum would be interested in those i'll be ya.



posted on Jun, 17 2017 @ 05:16 AM
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originally posted by: jtrenthacker
a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss

LOL. I mean, look at him in the last photo. Honestly, would you mess with that man? Not me.

The greatest generation.


the woman is who stood out for me
i have pics of my grandmother and great grandmother and they both have that same way about them.

like the op's pic

very attractive woman but definitely has that not #ing around look too.
women dont really have that special combo anymore...

you can just tell my looking at them. they are beautiful and lovely and a woman but you know they can handle their #



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