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ANONYMOUS NAVY SEABEE. World War II Photograph Album; n.d., 1936, 1939, 1941-1944. .2 cu. ft.

The creator of this photograph album was a Seabee with the United States Navy during World War II. His nickname was "Shad," and he was stationed in Kodiak, Alaska, in 1943.

The collection consists of the World War II era photograph album of a Seabee stationed in Kodiak, Alaska. The collection contains the album cover and first page; eight pages of names, home addresses, and comments of fellow soldiers and friends (64 total names, Sep.-Nov. 1943); a Domain of Neptunus Rex certificate; and 73 black and white and 20 color-tinted photographs, along with 4 copy negatives. Subjects of the photographs include: fellow sailors; Kodiak Island scenery; post cards of U.S. Navy Seabees in the Aleutian Islands and elsewhere during the war; Alaska post cards; an Alaska tourist photo set; and family and friends before and during the war.

The collection was acquired by the archives in 2002.

HMC-0570
JAS (4/2002)

Item list:

Note: All photographs are black and white unless otherwise described.

1. Two sailors in uniform; n.d. (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
2. Sailor in work clothes standing next to building; n.d. (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
3. "Bayard taken first part of July 1942." Sailor in dress white uniform; July 1942 (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
4. Man in swimming trunks standing in surf on beach; n.d. (2 X 2.75 inch).
5-10. Group of soldiers in helmets and field uniforms posing with rifles; n.d. (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
11. Group portrait of Seabees unit; n.d. (3.75 X 5 inch, copy negative, 4 X 5 inch).
12. Portrait of three sailors standing in front of log wall; n.d. (3.5 X 5 inch).
13 & 14. Houses in deep snow; n.d. (4.5 X 5.5 inch).
15. Mountains with dock in foreground; n.d. (4.5 X 5.5 inch).
16. Aerial view of venting volcano; n.d. (5 X 7 inch).

Kodiak Island Views by Helsel, Photographer; 1941 (8 different, 2.75 X 4.5 inch):

17. "Island Lake."
18. "Mill Bay."
19. "View from Mission Highway."
20. "Mission Lake."
21. "St. Paul Harbor."
22. "Surf."
23. "Near Kodiak Alaska" Wooded trail.
24. "Sunset."

Official U.S. Navy Photos of Seabees in action during World War II; n.d. (8 different photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch; 3 b&w copy negatives, 4 X 5 inch):

25. "Landing on Kiska - U.S. Navy Destroyer in foreground." (copy neg.)
26. "The Seabees at Attu, in the Aleutians, exchanging Bayonet for Hammer." (copy neg.)
27. "Seabee Barber Shop in the Aleutians." (copy neg.)
28. "Hitch hiker strikes out alone" Small tank exiting from LST landing ship.
29. "LST's disgorge at Rendova Island, near Munda."
30. "Sea Beas in work up to their neck in South Pacific" Four officers standing waist-deep in water.
31. "The Sea Bees on guard somewhere in the Pacific" Guard tower.
32. "'Trail to Tokyo' Seabees build Road of Pontoons and dirt."

Northwest Magazine Distributors Alaska photo post cards; n.d. (8 different, 3½ X 5½ inch):

33. "Among the Ice Floes."
34. "Cutthroat Trout Catch."
35. "Fishing Stream."
36. Gold Dredge."
37. "Hair Seals, Southeast Alaska."
38. "Moose Calf, Kenai Peninsula."
39. "Reindeer on Seward Peninsula."
40. "Spring Break-up on the Tanana."

Miscellaneous Alaska photo post cards; n.d. (8 different, 3½ X 5½ inch):

41. "Kodiak Brown Bear"; Helsel photo, No. A-506.
42. "Nugget Chain - Alaska."; Helsel photo, No. A-509.
43. "Mallards at Sunset - Alaska"; Helsel photo, No. 650.
44. Husky sled dog in snow; Photograph Approved by Censor, Alaska Defense Command.
45. Husky sled dog in harness; Photograph Approved by Censor, Alaska Defense Command.
46. Four Inupiat women in fur parka; Photograph Approved by Censor, Alaska Defense Command.
47. "A Wrestling Match - Alaska" Two bear cubs.
48. "'Northwestern' - Juneau, Alaska" Steamship covered in ice; Winter & Pond photo, No. 315.

Alaska Tourist Photo set; n.d. (20 different, color-tinted, 2.5 X 3.5 inch):

49-68. Subjects include Chilkoot Pass, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Seward, Mt. McKinley, the Yukon River, Alaska Natives, and animals.

Family and Friends; n.d. , 1936, 1939, 1942-1944 (25 different, various sizes, 2.5 X 3.5 to 4 X 6 inch):

69-93. People identified by full name include: Linda Lee Osborne (infant), Donna Kay McKee (child), Norma Jean McKee, Helen Corwin, and Bill Corwin. Two of the prints are identified as having been taken in Wilmar, California. Some of the prints were developed at photo finish shops in South Pasadena, California, and Waterloo, Iowa.