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Bell of the SS Ancon

Bell of the SS Ancon

If I hadn’t committed to scanning and posting all of the photos in Daddy’s album, I might have skipped this “bell picture.” It’s not a great photo, I know that. But I did commit and so I pulled this one out of the album. I imagined some tough times ahead as I tried to research “some bell in Panama”, but I found this note by my father on the back: Seeing that note and examining the photo … Read entire article »

Filed under: Miscellaneous

Neil J Amundsen

Neil J Amundsen

The original of this photograph is about a 1.5″ square — at that size, I can barely tell there’s a jeep in the picture, much less a driver. Then the electronic magic of “scanning” happens and suddenly I see my dad looking so very young… and it makes me remember him when I was a little girl — that is something I haven’t done in a good long while. And it is good thing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Marines: Daddy

The Brig

The Brig

Granted, this is not the building most Marines want to remember about their time in service, but this was where Daddy was proud to serve. As one Marine signed-off in my father’s autograph pages “to a good guy and a rugged turnkey.” … Read entire article »

Filed under: On Base

Eggleston and Langin

Eggleston and Langin

From an earlier photo, I know that the gentleman on the left is PFC Ray (or Roy) Eggleston. The gentleman on the right is Staff Sergeant Langin. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Marines: Individuals

Donald L Hughes

Donald L Hughes

Mr. Hughes’ face is quite blurry in this photograph. For a better closeup, check previous photos found here and here. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Marines: Individuals

Pisano

Pisano

I don’t know if “Pisano” is this soldier’s surname, a nickname, a misspelling of “paisano”, all of the above or none of the above. Maybe photos from later in the album will provide some clues. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Marines: Individuals

Mallon

Mallon

Another photo of Mallon. See previous Mallon photos here and here. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Marines: Individuals

Ray Eggleston

Ray Eggleston

From writing on the back of the photo, this is PFC Ray (maybe Roy) Eggleston. No additional information. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Marines: Individuals

Neil J Amundsen

Neil J Amundsen

This is my father, Neil J Amundsen (1928 – 2005). Yep, he was, in today’s jargon, an MP (Military Police, though not so named when he was in the service). And a quick check of the insignias for Marine Corp Ranks shows that he was Private First Class at the time of this photograph. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Marines: Daddy

Team Marksmanship Trophy

Team Marksmanship Trophy

Can you identify the trophy pictured here? This photo is one of many (many) in Daddy’s photo album with no handwritten notes explaining what it is or why he kept it for 55+ years (until his death). Of course, that makes it one of the photos I find most curious. We know Daddy was a sharpshooter and we know he attended multiple marksmanship tournaments. We don’t know if those tournaments happened when he was on active … Read entire article »

Filed under: General Information