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John J. Stafford Jr. and John J. Stafford III. Airport Homes, near Hartford, Connecticut. 1947 Airport homes was a former military quarters area on a decommissioned airport. After WWII it was an economical area to live as veterans and others got back into civilian life.
Photo by Venita Jalbert Stafford
My great great grandfather Rudolph Johnson. Taken in the U.S. Navy in San Diego in 1910. View our short documentary about him and his legacy called "Boots and Socks" .