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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Cornerman: 1943

Cornerman: 1943

July 1943. Greenville, South Carolina. "Air Service Command. Enlisted man of the 25th Service Group relaxing in his hutment." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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The windows

I find the configuration of the two open windows very intriguing, never having seen this kind of window opening before. I must presume that the slot & pin arrangement allows the window to be the most fully open for maximum airflow yet still giving some protection from unexpected rain (which frequently falls at night when cooler airs are more commonplace) allowing our airman to sleep as peacefully as possible. Very nice, great photo. BTW - are those two little glue pots on the shelf?

[I think you're right. -tterrace]

Palmetto bugs?

The south's euphemism for giant freaking cockroaches, and plenty of them!

About Those Shoes

Our airman is wearing a pair of Brogans, an ankle high boot that was regular issue to Army personnel at the time. He also has a standard pair of boots under his bunk on the left, along with a standard pair of Army issue low quarter shoes (on the right). In the middle is a pair of shoes only Air Corps members were allowed to wear, wing tips! Like all low quarter shoes, they were only worn with the Class A uniform or any other off post, non-combat uniform combination.

"Squared Away"

That young Airman has his corner of the hut neat & tidy, or as they say in the Military "squared away".

One thing that surprises me is that he appears to have 4 pairs of shoes. I wouldn't have thought they would have had that many pair in those days.

America's "Greatest Generation", not many of them left these days. God bless them all.

Two Words

Palmetto Bugs. My dad was stationed in the South at one point during WWII - the Palmetto Bugs were legendary.

 
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