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Another photo from the Navy career of James Thurston Watson (2nd row from top, 4th swabbie from left). Seems to be a machinist mate school held at the civilian Norfolk Academy in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Their names and home addresses are written on the reverse of the photo and this group was from every corner of the US.
He joined the USS Anne Arundel AP-76 (commissioned September 1942) and sailed for the November invasion of North Africa. Called Thurston by his family, he became one of the chief petty officers of AP-76 and remained aboard until joining another ship at the end of the war. In addition to North Africa, Thurston was a veteran of Stuka attacks off Sicily, the North Atlantic convoys, the Normandy invasion, and Kamikazi attacks at Okinawa. Ten days after the surrender Anne Arundel steamed into Tokyo Bay. View full size.
Circa World War 2. Chief Petty Officer James Watson (on the left), enjoying the delights of the world famous Nut Club. The identities of his shipmate and the lovely ladies remain a mystery. I notice the lovely lady on the right is wearing a type of "V for Victory" brooch. View full size.
Unknown location, but probably in California. From a box of negatives found in a Thrift Store. View full size.
Neptune Beach amusement park in Alameda, California. I have a whole box of negatives from this family and based on the hairstyle and some of the other photos in this series, I'm guessing this is late 20s early 30s. View full size.
I'm guessing we're still in Neptune Beach amusement park in Alameda, California. View full size.
A tough-looking group and their Essex sedan somewhere in Northern California in 1929. From a box of negatives found in a thrift store. View full size.