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For context: My grandfather served aboard the YMS-299 in the Battle for Okinawa. I have several of his photos and am trying to figure out where they fit into his training/tour.
Is this a graduating class from boot camp, or a group he would have served with? Would it include the crew of his YMS, or would each of these men have gone into different assignments? How would someone try to get a list of names for a photo like this?
The back says:
"1943 after boot camp
San Diego, CA navy base
80 men to a platoon, with 2 platoons
(NOTE: I only count 150 men, not including the officer.) View full size.