US NAVY WORLD WAR II SAILOR 40+ PHOTOS, LETTERS, UNIFORM PATCH 8x10s GREAT PICS

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 18, 2013
  • Channel: Auction House
You are bidding on: AN ESTATE COLLECTION LOT OF WORLD WAR 2 PHOTOGRAPHS AND LETTERS, UNIFORM PATCH FROM US NAVY SAILOR WWII PACIFIC LA GRANGE, KY NATIVE.

This is set of original period WWII letters and photographs... not reprints or recent copies. ALL photos in this lot are in excellent condition. Some minor corner bends, but NO tears, rips, stains or missing bits. All photos in every size are solid and undamaged unless otherwise noted.

I sorted this lot from a recently-acquired entire estate: all the property of a man from La Grange, Kentucky who served in the US Navy during WWII. Artifacts and documents and photos indicate that he was stationed in Hawaii (estate contained Honolulu newspapers announcing defeat of Japan and Germany), and spent time in the Pacific theatre before returning to California and the states. He apparently did a lot of traveling later in life, as he also had a lot of aviation and engineering related collectibles. It's easy to determine his name from correspondence but I will not publish it here out of respect for privacy.

This lot is apparently from his WWII service, and contains the following:

1) A series of NINE high quality, glossy 8x10 inch prints (minus margins) detailing the interactions of and inspections by what appear to be some pretty high Navy brass ... Obviously these

2) A set of THREE high quality, glossy 8x10 inch prints (minus margins) taken on board unidentified ship ... all three of these were red-stamped "confidential," then subsequently passed by Naval Censor. One looks to be a mess hall and bunking area combination. The second is apparently inside the generator area, and the third is looking down the length of ship from above, probably on a tower.

3) ONE high quality, glossy 8 x 10 inch print (minus margins) of Navy crew or base personnel.

4) A collection of THIRTY smaller size, personal camera photograph prints. Most of these are the basic "soldier posing in uniform in front of..." shot, with many appearing to be Hawaii botanical gardens, although some of them are very cool in their own right. Nice poses, also two sailors with jeep, a soldier digging a fox hole, a real photo postcard sailor in new uniform, and the rear view of an attractive woman walking down the (Honolulu?) street. There are 5-6 duplicate or similar prints, but everything's in excellent shape.

5) ONE 4" x 5" (approx.) black and white photo negative of the sailor being awarded a medal or pin of some sort.

6) ONE 4" x 5 3/4" (approx.) period uniform insignia patch; I think this is the rank insignia for Petty Officer First Class. There is some missing material from two of the red bars, but otherwise it's in excellent shape for its age. The stitching on the reverse seems to make a signature of some sort? Maybe "lionde?"

7) A collection of 20 SHEETS of collected correspondence, many double-sided so its more like 30+ pages of incoming mail from home. Although this is not outgoing war stories (which would be censored anyway), it is still an extremely fascinating glimpse into the period.

All pages but one are stapled together, and all that have dates are dated September 1942. Given the date and the references to the sailor's location in Chicago, they must date from when he first left for the Navy. Some are communal notes written and signed by several folks. There is news about where other guys have been stationed, well wishes, and other news from the home front.

A lot of high school friends wishing him luck; old buddies talk about how "iniquitous" his main girlfriend is... said girlfiend saying "don't you believe a word...

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