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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Treating Wounded German: 1944

Treating Wounded German: 1944

In this image, my grandfather John "Jack" Baker can be seen treating a captured German soldier. It is believed that this image was taken in Southern France – possibly near Baie de Cavalaire. Although the exact date isn’t known, it is likely that the event took place from August 15, 1944 to September 10, 1944. This image was taken by Dale Rooks, and may have been featured in a news magazine at the time. The date estimate is based on the official history of the USCG USS Duane, which Baker and Rooks were both assigned to. View full size.

One less name for the monuments

Hopefully, your grandfather's care of the young German resulted in one less name being inscribed on the monument for war dead in the man's hometown. I read many of them while we lived in West Germany, from 1987-90. Even the smallest towns had them.

At that time, many former POWs were still alive. They would often ask Americans to get them some peanut butter. They said that meat was rationed, while they were POWs, as it was for Americans, but they could always have as much bread and peanut butter as they wanted. It has always made me proud that we treated them well. I am sure you are very proud of your grandfather!

You're very welcome

I am glad you enjoyed it. I will be working my through my grandfather's collection and posting another 150 or so pictures over the next few months. It is a pretty amazing collection.

Nice composition

Great photo. Thanks for sharing.

 
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