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Featured on the LIFE Magazine Website

We are very proud to announce that LIFE Magazine has posted a feature about Dale Rooks on it’s website. To view the full posting, along with many never before seen photographs, please click the link below: Rare Photos From the Allied Invasion … Continue reading

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Dale Rooks Website

I greatly apologize for the lack of updates to this site recently. Some very interesting things have happened because of this site, and I wanted to share a new project that I have been involved in. In Spring of 2013, … Continue reading

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One Year Ago

One year ago today, my grandfather John Baker passed away at the age of 94. He was telling stories about his time in the US Coast Guard until the very end of his life. I hope all the readers of … Continue reading

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Updates to “1943 – USS Duane Signaling Navy Blimp” Post

I would like to thank Mark Lutz, who is a visitor of this site for sending me some great information regarding WWII blimps. He has sent me what is likely some much more accurate information than I had previously posted … Continue reading

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1945 – Minor Surgery Performed by Ph. M Baker and Ph. M. Schaefer

In this photograph, my grandfather John Baker (left) can be seen performing minor surgery alongside Ph. M. Schaefer (right) on an unknown subject. Both men were Pharmacists Mates aboard the USCG Cutter Duane during WWII. This photograph was taken by … Continue reading

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1945 – “Sack Time” for Baker, Rooks and Schaefer aboard the USCG USS Duane

This is one of the few photographs from John Baker’s Warbook that features both John Baker and Dale Rooks together. This is presumably because Rooks was often behind the camera for most of the photos. It is not known who stepped … Continue reading

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1945 – Members of USCG USS Duane Crew with Shaved Heads

In this photograph, members of the USCG USS Duane are showing off their new haircuts sometime in 1945. This picture was likely taken by Dale Rooks as he would have been aboard the ship at this time. Unfortunately, I cannot … Continue reading

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June 16, 1943 – “The Duane Torpedo” interviews John Baker on his 27th birthday

Today is a very special post that actually does not come from the Warbook. I was recently contacted by a visitor to this site named Betsy Bianchi. Her father, Maurice Stephen O’Connell, served aboard the USS Duane during World War II … Continue reading

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1945 – Morning exercises for members of 8th Fleet, North Africa

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 … Continue reading

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1945 – USS Duane Captain Awards Crew Members in North Africa

Within the Warbook, this photograph is labeled “Awards handed out by Captain of Duane to members of crew – North Africa, 1945”. I believe this photo was taken at the base in Bizerte, Tunisia. The boat in the background behind … Continue reading

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