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On the Town: 1944

On the Town: 1944

June 6, 1944. "Times Square and vicinity on D-Day. Watching the news line on the New York Times building." Office of War Information photo. View full size.

 

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Service Uniforms

The chap in the foreground is a member of the Coast Guard. Rolling the lover sleeve of the jumper to reveal (or not reveal) the existence of unauthorized adornment is an entire subcultural discussion. "Liberty Cuffs" is the operative term.

Coast Guard

The small white shield above the cuff of the first man's uniform indicates he is a member of the US Coast Guard.

Uncle Sam

My uncle Sam (no pun intended) landed on Omaha Beach that morning. He was seriously wounded, and carried a metal plate around in his skull for the rest of his life. Despite his injury, he was a gifted auto mechanic after the war. He passed away last year.

On a lighter note: the sailor holding open the door is sure letting a lot of that "air-cooling" escape from the theater....

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