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J. D. HANSON. World War II Photograph Album; 1941-1943. .2 cu. ft.

J. D. Hanson was a seaman on the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Aurora, which served in Alaskan waters from 1942 to 1945. The Aurora, a 165 foot Thetis-Class cutter, was commissioned in 1931. During World War II, the cutter was armed with depth charges and dual-purpose batteries and assigned to the Northwest Sea Frontier, stationed in Juneau, Alaska. The cutter was assigned to escort duty, leading 18 convoys between Icy Straits, Yakutat, Seward, Alitak, Dutch Harbor and Chernofski from January to May 1942, and more convoys from Kodiak to Icy Straits and return from July to August 1942. After undergoing repairs in Seattle, the cutter resumed escort duty and anti-submarine patrols in Alaska from January 1943 until the end of the war. The Aurora was decommissioned in January of 1967.

The collection consists of the contents of the World War II era photograph album of U. S. Coast Guard seaman J. D. Hanson. The collection contains: a xerographic copy of the original 29 page album; the illustrated portion of the album cover; an album page illustrated with a drawing of a rising sun with the title, "Alaska Scenes, '42-'43"; a hand drawn color cartoon of Bugs Bunny sitting on the top of a submarine periscope and holding a depth charge in his hand, with the caption, "What's cooking, Doc?"; 89 original black and white prints from the album; a lot of 48 black and white prints kept with the album of images taken aboard the Cutter Aurora; 36 black and white Alaskan commercial tourist prints; and 11 black and white Alaskan tourist photo post cards. The subject of the original photographs include: officers and sailors aboard the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Aurora; family and friends; the town of Sitka; a patrol boat; and various Alaskan coastal scenery. Officers and sailors identified in the photographs include: Lieutenant Commanders F. M. McCabe and Reynolds, and seamen Harry G. Emmons, Ted Secrettie and Charles Mills. The tourist prints and post cards are of Alaskan towns, people, wildlife and scenery, as well as a poem about rain.

The collection was acquired by the archives in 2006.

JAS (3/2006)