1944 – USS Duane Escorting USS Franklin Aircraft Carrier

In this image, the USS Franklin can be seen from aboard the USS Duane. According to a site dedicated to the USS Franklin, the ship spent a majority of its time in World War II in the Pacific. The ship has an unbelievable history of it’s own – it was the closest US carrier to the Japanese mainland, and was attacked by a Japanese plane. During the attack, 724 crew members were killed and 265 were wounded. Amazingly, the battle torn ship did not sink and eventually made it’s way back to New York. It has been called “The ship that wouldn’t die”.

In looking at the USS Franklin’s history – it was on the East Coast of the United States an sailed to Trinidad in March of 1944. It is likely that this photograph was taken during this time as it was in the Pacific thereafter – while the USS Duane was in Europe. The photographer of this image is unknown as Dale Rooks wasn’t on the ship during the time period this was believed to be taken.

USS Duane Escorting USS Franklin Aircraft Carrier

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August 1944 – USS Duane at port in Naples, Italy

This photograph is of the USS Duane and it’s crew in Naples, Italy. According to the official USCG history, the ship was docked in Naples approximately six different times between May 1944 and August 1944. The longest stay being from July 30th until August 9th. It is likely that the photograph was taken during this ten day stretch. Although it is not marked, Dale Rooks was the likely photographer for this image as he took several others in the Warbook in the weeks after this was likely taken.

On the left hand side of this image, you can see a Dome which is the San Francesco di Paola Church. The building in the middle right of the photo (on top of the hill) is the Certosa di San Martino, which is now a museum.

August 1944 - USS Duane at Port in Naples, Italy

A more recent image taken from near the same vantage point can be seen below. This image was taken by Gabry2681, and can also be found on Google Earth. I have cropped the original to try and match up the angles as closely as possible

Gabry2681 - Naples Italy

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April 1944 – Easter sunrise service aboard the USS Duane

This photograph was taken Easter Sunday, April 9th, 1944 aboard the USS Duane. If you look closely, you will see a cross at the bow of the boat, behind a chaplain reading from a bible. I find this photograph particularly beautiful, with the sun rising between the clouds across the front of the ship. There is a stark contrast between the peacefulness of the men reading, and the reality of the massive guns pointed above their heads. This photograph wasn’t marked, but it was likely taken by Dale Rooks. There are no identifiable men in the photograph.

Easter sunrise service aboard the USS Duane

 

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December 1943 – USS Duane at Port in Trinidad

This is a photograph of the USS Duane at port in Trinidad. According to the official ship history, the USS Duane was docked there twice. The first visit was between December 10-17, 1944  and the second being from December 25-30. It is not known who took this photograph, as Dale Rooks was probably not assigned to the Duane yet.

December 1943 - The USS Duane at Port in Trinidad

Here is the official ship history:

On November 28th the Duane stood out of Boston in company with  Campbell and arrived at Guantanamo Bay on December 2nd.  On the 4th she was underway with a Dutch warship and four PCs as escort for convoy GAT-103 en route Trinidad, B.W.I.  On the 7th the Aruba section of five ships detached as did the Dutch warship.  An SC escorted two vessels to Curacao while an unescorted ship from Curacao joined.  On the 9th the convoy entered Bocas de Dragon swept channel and on the 10th moored at Trinidad.

Underway on 17 December 1943, as Commander, Task Unit 4.1.2, two sound contacts were made and lost on 19 December and a two-ship anti-submarine search plan commenced.  Later an area was searched in which a plane had reported contact with a submarine.  On the 20th medical aid was rendered for an Argentia vessel contacted.  On the 22nd the escort vessels detached from the convoy and the Duane after refueling at Santa Lucia returned to Trinidad on the 25th.  On the 30th she was underway escorting convoy TAG-106 as Commander Task Group 26.4 with four PC boats.

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September 1944 – Soldier gets “bunny ears” from French woman

In this photograph, we have an unidentified soldier getting “bunny ears” from a French woman. Judging by her attire and the attire of the woman sitting down, it may be safe to say that this was taken at a brothel. Coincidentally, both the soldier and the woman sitting have wedding rings on. Although this image has no caption in the Warbook, it is signed by Dale Rooks and was probably taken in early September, 1944 while the USS Duane was in Southern France.

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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, you can also see a sign with the numbers 61 on it. This is likely D61 which would mean the picture was likely taken around Port Grimaud. Although not signed, this photo was probably taken by Dale Rooks sometime in the last two weeks of August, 1944.

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August 1944 – Jeeps with Army GIs going to front lines

According to notes in the Warbook, the subjects of this photo are Army GIs going to the front lines via Jeep in Southern France. Based on other images that are very close to this one, the photographer is believed to be Dale Rooks, who was traveling with Jack Baker at the time. This image was likely taken near Sainte Maxime in the last two weeks of August 1944.

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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 this image was taken 60 kilometers West of Toulon France, on N.559. This is because Le Lavandou is 90 kilometers from the location. Based on a Google maps lookup, this would put their estimated location somewhere South East of Marseille.  This photograph is believed to have been taken by Dale Rooks.


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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 event took place from August 15, 1944 to September 10, 1944. This image was taken by Dale Rooks, and may have been featured in a news magazine at the time.

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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 the photo. This image was taken by Dale Rooks, as seen by his signature in the lower right.

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