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Sunrise Service Aboard USS Duane: 1944

Sunrise Service Aboard USS Duane: 1944

This photograph was taken Easter Sunday, April 9th, 1944 aboard the USS Duane. This photograph was scanned from my grandfather John "Jack" Baker's Warbook. 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. View full size.

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You're welcome

I am glad you are enjoying the photos. This one is a big contrast between the many "war" based shots that I have. I think you will also enjoy some of the graveyard photos I will be posting in the near future.

Layers of Meanings

To these men, this was likely a routine part of their schedule and activities. The photographer has captured a beautiful moment with the scenic view and religious activity contrasting with the implements of destruction in the setting of wartime. I could easily see this as publishable in Life or Look magazines at the time it was taken.

Thanks for sharing this series of WWII images.


Thank you for this splendid photo.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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