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This photograph is of the USS Duane and its crew in Naples, Italy. According to the official USCG history, the ship was docked in Naples approximately six different times between May 1944 and August 1944. The longest stay being from July 30th until August 9th. It is likely that the photograph was taken during this ten day stretch. Although it is not marked, Dale Rooks was the likely photographer for this image as he took several others in John Baker's Warbook in the weeks after this was likely taken.
On the left hand side of this photo, you can see a Dome which is the San Francesco di Paola Church. The building in the middle right of the photo (on top of the hill) is the Certosa di San Martino, which is now a museum. A current image can be compared here. View full size