In this photograph, the namesake of this website – John “Jack” Baker can be seen getting directions from a French Woman. They are seated on the ruins of a building in Southern France after it was destroyed by German forces. This image was likely taken around or on August 16, 1944. Although there is no way of knowing the exact location, the USS Duane was docked near Baie de Cavalaire as it took part in “Operation Dragoon”. This photograph was definitely taken by Dale Rooks, as the back of the image was stamped with his name.
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