Category Archives: North Africa

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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1945 – Admiral Hewitt of 8th Fleet Awards USS Duane Heroes

In this photograph, Admiral H. Kent Hewitt of the 8th Fleet can be seen giving out awards to the heroes from the USS Duane. Admiral Hewitt was previously aboard the Duane where he and Admiral Lowry took part in “Operation … Continue reading

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D-Day on the USS Duane – 67 Years Ago

Today is the 67th anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy during “Operation Neptune”. During this time, my grandfather was stationed aboard the USS Duane in Naples, Italy while planning was going on for “Operation Anvil-Dragoon”. Here … Continue reading

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1945 – US Naval base in Bizerte, Tunisia from 5000 feet

In this photograph, you get a 5000 foot view of a Naval base in Bizerte, Tunisia. Although I could not find much information about this particular location, my grandfather had it labeled as a “US Naval Base”. This photograph was … Continue reading

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1943 – USS Duane Signaling Navy Blimp

In this image, we have a US Navy blimp signaling the USS Duane. If you look closely at the blimp, you can see that it has a signaling light turned on. Unfortunately, the location date and photographer are completely unknown. … Continue reading

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