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Ambrotype of my great-great-great-grandfather, William Jones, born in Wales about 1775-1780, died in Fulton County, Illinois 1857 or 1858. His son Ephraim was an early-day portrait photographer, and this may have been his work. View full size.
Ambrotype of my great-great-great-grandmother, Minerva Rose Jones, wife of William Jones. Born in New York State about 1800, died in Illinois, Dec. 23, 1884. Buried in Uniontown Cemetery, Uniontown, Knox County, Illinois. Her son, Ephraim R. Jones was an early-day portrait photographer, and this may be his work. View full size.
Ambrotype of my great-great-great-uncles, Ephraim R. Jones and John Quincy Adams Jones, about 1858-1860 in Illinois. I am descended from their brother, Martin Van Buren Jones, who went to northern California via the Oregon trail in 1852. Ephraim was an early-day portrait photographer (Jones and Hover Studio, Jacksonville, Illinois) and was, according to family lore, for a while a traveling fiddler and dancing master. He came to the northern California coast town of Crescent City to visit Martin and his family and probably brought this and my other Jones family ambrotypes with him, and I have inherited them. John Quincy Adams Jones was a young lawyer in Havana, Illinois with a promising career ahead of him when he enlisted as a Lieutenant in Company K, 17th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry in 1861, and was killed in the battle of Fredericktown, Missouri on Oct. 24, 1861. View full size.
WW2 B-29 bomber with flight crew taken at Walker AFF in Kansas in 1944 during training before leaving to Guam to join the 459th Bombardment Squadron. The 459th BS was part of the 330th Bomber Group which was part of the 314th Bombardment Wing. This crew served 16 missions over Tokyo.
On the 16th mission on June 11, 1945 a Japanese fighter fired an automatic cannon and the explosive shell blew a four foot diameter hole in the outboard section of the left wing. Pilot Massopust regained control of the disabled aircraft when additional attacks from Japanese fighters disabled the both forward turrets and injured Bombardier Nowicki. Aircraft Commander Duty pulled Nowicki from the bombardier position and administered life saving assistance. Massopust kept the aircraft stable throughout the return flight back to the base in Guam for which he won the Distinguished Flying Cross.
I got this story from the son of a friend of Massopust who served with him in Guam. Please look at his website and you can learn a lot about those who served on Guam during the war. I own this photograph as part of my WW2 collection of our war heroes, and the back side has the signatures of the crew shown on the front. I am happy to share it with anyone. View full size.
Sailors on liberty, doing what sailors do, at the Pago Pago club. I got this photo at the local flea market, in a box of old photos. View full size.
[Note that the Pago Pago Club photographer had the negative reversed when making the print. -tterrace]