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GEORGE GELBISH. World War II Photographs; ca. 1943. .1 cu. ft.

George Gelbish was born in Pennsylvania in 1917. He was a photographer with the United States Navy during World War II, a serving at Kodiak Naval Operating Base in Alaska. George Gelbish died in Dravosburg, Pennsylvania, in 2000.

The collection consists of the World War II era photographs of George Gelbish. The collection contains 28 original black and white prints and 28 preservation copy negatives. Most of the photographs depict an athletic competition among naval personnel on Kodiak. The competition included boxing, baseball, a gunnysack race, and marching. They also show sailors and officers watching the competition and recreating. One print is of a portion of the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak after it was destroyed by fire in 1943. Another is of men doing cement repair work around the church.

The collection was acquired by the archives in 2004.

JAS (11/2004)