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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