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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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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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April 1943 – Coast Guard rescues men from destroyed Nazi U-Boat

This next photograph from the John Baker’s Warbook is the only one that I have found reproduced anywhere else as it is officially USCG photo 1591. This  The photo is of Nazi soldiers being helped aboard a Coast Guard cutter … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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