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Photograph print from a big box of misc. photographs hidden and tucked away from normal merchandise at a vintage store in Leland, Illinois, LaSalle County. The family photos seem centered around the Aurora Area (dates ranging from 1870 to 1945), with one or more extended family matriarch and patriarchs from LaSalle-Peru, Illinois. View full size.
From wartime photos of William C. "Bill" Schultz, PFC, Peoria, IL (Feb. 25, 1924 -- Aug. 9, 2002), 421st Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy), 504th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), B-17 Flying Fortress (Training), B-29 Superfortress. Bomb Ordinance, Fuel and Supplies Truck Driver, Air Offensive Japan Campaign. Western Pacific Air Offensive Japan Eastern Mandates Campaigns. Northern Mariana Islands; North Field, Tinian and Saipan.
Awarded 3 Bronze Stars, 1945 Good Conduct Medal. Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon, American Theatre Campaign Ribbon. 421st Distinguished Unit Citations for the bombardment of the industrial center at Yokohama, May 1945 and the mining of the shipping lanes in the Shimonoseki Strait. The 421st also flew a firebombing mission over northeast Tokyo. The 504th participated in bombardments targets at Maug and Iwo Jima, the Truk Islands and the industrial area of Kobe. And the bombardment of the Japanese kamikaze planes airfields during the assault on Okinawa. View full size.
Found in an attic, M. A. Seeds (Seed Dry Plate Co.) and Hammer Dry Plates (Ludwig F. Hammer of St. Louis). Locations detailed: Lafayette Square and Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans, Port of New Orleans, and family farmhouse locations nearby New Orleans. View full size.
Location Update: We are on West Main Street in Alhambra.
A found Kodachrome slide of a Southern California street scene, possibly Alhambra or Pasadena, going by the address labels on other boxes in this collection. "1956" is written on the box cover. View full size.
My parents were married on February 14, 1947, and this picture was taken shortly thereafter. This Valentine's Day would have been their 70th wedding anniversary. View full size.