Category Archives: Southern France

August 1944 – Admiral Frank J. Lowry of 8th Fleet joins USS Duane

According to official USCG history. Admiral Frank J. Lowry of the 8th Fleet joined the USS Duane on April 23rd. The official ship history published on the USCG website explains this in a bit more detail. The Duane departed Norfolk … Continue reading

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August 1944 – John Baker and French Woman in Southern France during “Operation Dragoon”

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. … Continue reading

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August 1944 – Ammunition Ship Hit by Torpedo off Southern France

This image shows what is likely an American or German ammunition ship being hit by a torpedo off Southern France. This image was taken from the Coast Guard cutter ship USS Duane. Based on the dates when other pictures similar … Continue reading

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August 1944 – Army GIs in Jeep in Southern France

This photograph is of two unknown Army GIs in Southern France. Based on the large road sign, we can assume that the location of this photo is 15 kilometers from Sainte Maxime. In the right hand side of the photo, … Continue reading

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August 1944 – Ph. M. Baker and shipmate in Southern France

In this photograph, Jack Baker can be seen posing with what is likely one of his fellow shipmates. This is because P.M and U.S.C.G can be seen on the fellows helmet. Based on the road sign, it is likely that … Continue reading

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September 1944 – Ph. M. Baker treating wounded German captive

In this image, Jack Baker can be seen treating a captured German soldier. It is believed that this image was taken in Southern France – possibly near Baie de Cavalaire. Although the exact date isn’t known, it is likely that the … Continue reading

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September 1944 – German prisoners of war

The exact date of this photo is unknown. However, based on history of the USS Duane, the ship was in Baie de Cavalaire, France, from August 15, 1944 to September 10, 1944. No other information is known about the men in … Continue reading

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August 15, 1944 – Explosions off shore in Southern France

The likely date of this image is August 15, 1944 according to notes written in the Warbook. According to the US Coast Guard ship history, the likely location for this is Baie de Cavalaire. This image was taken by Dale … Continue reading

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August 15, 1944 – Dead soldier on beach in Southern France

The likely date of this image is August 15, 1944 according to notes written in the Warbook. According to the US Coast Guard ship history, the likely location for this is Baie de Cavalaire. This image was taken by Dale … Continue reading

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