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Joint Maneuvers: 1943

April 1943. Washington, D.C. "Slightly inebriated couple at the Sea Grill." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

April 1943. Washington, D.C. "Slightly inebriated couple at the Sea Grill." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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ASF nickname

Because the duties of the Army Service Forces kept most of its members out of the line of fire, those who weren't so lucky [frontline infantrymen] derisively referred to members of the ASF as the "Blue Star Commandos", based on the colors of the patch.

Army Service Forces

This young man wears the shoulder patch of the U.S. Army Service Forces, a catch-all for everything that was neither "Army Ground Forces" nor "Army Air Forces." As such, the Service Forces included quartermaster, signal, ordnance, corp of engineers, etc. Could not have won the war without the logistics provided by him and his colleagues. The patch was a blue star on a white background and a red outer-most border.


From an eBay listing: Seeburg Pre-War Jukebox 5¢ WS-2Z Wireless Wall O Matic Music Selector Wall Box. Rare Pre War wireless version. Circa 1940 - 1941. Dimensions: height 12", width 8 1/2", and depth 5".

Meanwhile, across the Sea Grill ...

... a genuine beauty is drinking alone. The contrast between these two images from the same bar on (presumably) the same night is stunning.

Worst Case Scenario

What she was probably trying to do was get him to marry her, as she did many other GIs and have him allocate the spousal part of his paycheck to her. If she really got lucky and he died while in the service, she got the insurance money, $10,000. Hopefully he outwitted her.

Service Forces

Our bon vivant is wearing the shoulder patch of the Army Service Forces. I don't know what service he plans on providing on this particular occasion.

Now, now, don't be so harsh

Perhaps that's his mother saying goodbye before he goes off to war.

Eeek! It's alive!

The lady was more than just a little inebriated when she selected that hat.


Looks like a Medical Corps lapel disk on his uniform. Could not have been in the Army very long - no rank, no ribbons. But at least he got the girl, and, hopefully, nothing else from this night out.

Good for a laugh

She left her teeth the Ladies Room.

I'd love to know

what music is available on that jukebox!

We can see where this is going...

she's already got her leg draped over his lap, she's falling behind on the drink count (mixed drink in hand, another on the table, plus a glass of wine). Meanwhile, soldier boy has switched to what appears to be milk -- a young man obviously wise beyond his years.

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