Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This week’s prompt for Sepia Saturday is a photo of a “Rosie the Riveter” working on an airplane engine. The weekly prompt is usually just a jumping off point and some folks follow the theme, some folks don’t. I often don’t follow the themes because I just don’t have anything that goes well with the prompt, but this week I was delighted! I recently was digging through a box of photos at an antique shop and found quite a number of photos of military men, dating from around World War II. This will kick off a weeks worth of military heros and the women who loved them as we approach July 4th, Independence Day.

We start off with Bob Taylor, posing on the front porch in his Army duds in July 1943. This appears to be stateside.

And here we have an unnamed gentleman, but the photo postcard is dated October 22, 1943 in Naples, Italy.

Third, a proud looking sailor posed with his mother in his blacks. This looks like another “in front of the house” photo, and makes you wonder if this was right before he shipped out or during leave.

Finally, a salute to all our fine military men past and present. Click through to Sepia Saturday to explore the possibilities of a Rosie the Riveter prompt!

13 thoughts on “Military Men

  1. Karen S. says:

    Very nicely done…and great follow in keeping up with the theme…I am still on vacations and fun in the sun…as summer is here!


  2. jinksy says:

    I think I should stand to attention and salute, now! LOL


  3. Christine says:

    Great photos. The border details on the first one are a nice embellishment.


  4. Little Nell says:

    What a great find these were. Front of house so that the departing serviceman would have a memory of the home as well?


  5. The gentleman in Naples could well have been there at the same time as my father!


  6. postcardy says:

    Those are better than average snapshots of servicemen. There is quite a bit of variety in the poses and background scenes.


  7. Bob Scotney says:

    Fine collection of military photos. Dig those creases in the second photo.


  8. I have so many photos like this that belong to my father and sadly he now looks at them and can rarely put names or stories to them. They’re all just men in uniform. At least you had some information.


  9. gluepot says:

    I’m guessing the last one is English.


  10. TICKLEBEAR says:

    why is the first one stamped “color photo” when it is in black and white?
    nice find!! perhaps i should look into these things. but i’m not a patient shopper…


  11. Nice photos- fits perfectly with this week’s theme.


  12. IntenseGuy says:

    Bob Taylor was a Technician Fifth Grade (abbreviated as T/5 or TEC 5).

    Those who held this rank were addressed as Corporal, but did not have the authority to give commands as a corporal would. The wearers of the rank were often called “Tech Corporal”. Technicians were easily distinguished by the “T” imprinted on the standard chevron design for that pay grade.

    The Technician ranks were removed from the U.S. Army rank system in 1948 so his “two chevrons over a T” patches were only used for 6 years.


  13. The border around the first photo is wonderful..and so is the photo. It may have cost more for color. I suppose it was a way to advertise. Great bunch of photos! I am looking forward to your military week. :)


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