Category Archives: USS Duane

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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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 – 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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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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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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April 1943 – Depth charges dropped on U-Boat in North Atlantic

In this image, the crew of the USS Spencer (or possibly the USS Duane) can be seen dropping depth charges on a German U-Boat in the North Atlantic. This is likely part of the same event where the USS Duane … Continue reading

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