August 1, 2015

Photo of the Day at Are You In My Photo

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I  had a nice surprise when I visited Are You In My Photo’s site tonight. One of the photos I posted yesterday was chosen for photo of the day.

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I added this particular photo of my dad’s Carrier Aircraft Service Unit 7 because it’s a very clear photo and the men’s names are easily read. Even their rank at the time is noted, as well as the date of Sept. 14, 1944.  I can only hope that by putting the photo on AYIMP’s site that even more people will be able to view it, and perhaps find a family member.  Clicking on the smaller photo below will take you to the full-sized photo.

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I am pretty sure this photo was taken in Hawaii, but I could be wrong. Dad’s group ended up on New Calendonia servicing planes from the carriers that were fighting the Japanese in the South Pacific. It was on that island that Dad strapped Admiral “Bull” Halsey into his parachute. I don’t have a photo of that, but I did find one in the Library of Congress archives that shows Halsey, Eleanor Roosevelt and another man (Harmon) in front of a plane in New Calendonia.

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Harmon, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Admiral Bill Halsey

CASU7 detachment at Quillayute NAS 1944

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Originally uploaded by webduckie

Today I was able to pinpoint the location of where this photo was taken using my dad’s Service Memories book. My mom must be commended too for adding all the documentation to the book.

Dad’s book says that he was transferred from Sand Point NAS to Quillayute NAS 06 March 1944. Since this picture was taken in September of 1944, it is likely they were in Quillayute.

As a side note, 26 January 1944 Dad was home on leave (from service in the South Pacific on New Caledonia) to get married 05 February 1944 at his in-law’s home in Seattle.

Dad’s WWII Love Letter To Mom

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Eighty-nine years ago today my dad was born in West Plains, Missouri to parents Will and Minnie Smith Yates.  Although Dad passed away in 1996, his life lives on through letter and photos from his past. This letter was written on the eve of his 24th birthday and he was feeling “pretty old”.

He and Mom had married in Seattle at her parent’s home on Queen Anne Hill, and way back in the 1980’s Mom and I took a trip down memory lane by going back to that house. It just so happened that the owner let us come in and look around on that sunny summer day. Mom was thrilled as she showed me her old room upstairs, and even more so to have me see the marble front fireplace which she and Dad were married in front of on February 5, 1944.

Dad’s love letter of March 15, 1944 was written from Quillayute NAS where he was working after coming back from a tour with the Navy in New Calendonia. As you read in the letter, housing was at a premium, but they did eventually find a little one room place in Forks so they could be together instead of Mom living with her parents. Mom said that place was so small they could stay in bed and reach out and light the woodstove!

I have to say, I don’t remember my dad ever calling Mom “Darling” when we were around…

Thinking of you on your special day Dad, and missing you lots.

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Are You In Someone’s Photo?

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Have you seen this new site Are You In My Photo? I found it in an article in Ancestry magazine’s January/February 2009 issue, and I am really, really happy someone created this site.

How many of you have photos in your collections that have other people in them that you can’t identify? As the site says, we are all in everyone else’s photos, whether we realize it or not. Were you at an amusement park, a zoo, or even a car show and someone was taking pictures?

I just uploaded a few of my own pictures today to Are You In My Photo, and will do more of them over time. You have the option to upload photos for free, and then put in descriptions, locations, and type of photo it is: Military, genealogy, recreation, sporting events, etc..

WWII Carrier Aircraft Service Unit 7 G Detachment

date taken: 09/14/1944
location: Kaneohe Bay
posted by: webduck
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