This photograph was taken while the 8th Fleet was stationed in Bizerte, Tunisia likely in the Spring of 1945. This image was believed to have been taken by Dale Rooks, although it was not signed or stamped by him. The USS Duane was stationed in Bizerte for approximately six months from late-1944 until mid-1945. During this time period, the Allied Forces had control of North Africa and the Mediterranean, so they were basically in a holding pattern.
About John Baker’s Warbook
The Warbook is a collection of approximately 150 original photographs taken during World War II revolving around the travels of Coast Guard cutter USS Duane. This book was compiled by my grandfather John Baker, who is the subject of many photos. Each image and caption from the book will be sequentially posted on this blog, along with other historical research when possible.
-Adam Michael Baker Randazzo
- Featured on the LIFE Magazine Website
- Dale Rooks Website
- One Year Ago
- Updates to “1943 – USS Duane Signaling Navy Blimp” Post
- 1945 – Minor Surgery Performed by Ph. M Baker and Ph. M. Schaefer
- 1945 – “Sack Time” for Baker, Rooks and Schaefer aboard the USCG USS Duane
- 1945 – Members of USCG USS Duane Crew with Shaved Heads
- June 16, 1943 – “The Duane Torpedo” interviews John Baker on his 27th birthday
- 1945 – Morning exercises for members of 8th Fleet, North Africa
- 1945 – USS Duane Captain Awards Crew Members in North Africa