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
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.
Here is my grandfather.
Postcard from my grandfather to my grandmother from San Francisco.
Basketball. Camp Shoemaker, California.
Ships at Lunga Point, Guadalcanal.
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.
Ships in Pacific.
German prisoner on left.
Unloading troops in Naples, Italy.
Le Havre, France
My grandfather and grandmother.
edit on 16-6-2017 by jtrenthacker because: (no reason given)