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Old 01-06-2024, 10:25 AM
 
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What are all the sources for a photo of a serviceman who died in WW2?

The ones I think of are:
1. a surviving family member of which there might be many or might not be.
2. a surviving combat friend of which there could be many who served alongside the deceased.
3. a photo from their college or high school yearbooks if they attended any school.
4. ?

A. Before the Navy ships enlistees off to war do they take a photo of the men?
Or a group photo of the unit?
It seems to me maybe wrongly that they would take a photo in case the man is killed and in some circumstances the body may not be able to be retrieved. A visit to where the man died might be visited by someone representing the US Navy and having a photo lets them inquire to those living in the village where the death occurred. They can't ask people living in that area of unless they have a photo of who they look for to show to villagers, etc.

As I begin a search for photos #1 is down to grand children of the deceased who was killed in 1944. These grand children are both American born American citizens and some are born Filipino citizens. Hoping the grand children might have a photo is looking like it may not be a source.
As far as #2 their combat friends who survived the war are now deceased and in this case their kids might have a photo of their father alongside the deceased.
Finally #3 looks unlikely since the ages at which they would have been in school range from age 18 (high school) and 19-21 (college). The years involved would be 1933 (high school) and 1934-1936 college.

A. this may be the only hope for a photo.

Thanks.
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Old 01-06-2024, 02:44 PM
 
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Why do you need that photo?
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Old 01-06-2024, 02:49 PM
 
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Why do you need that photo?
I've been asked by a descendent of the deceased to try to get a photo for them. I don't recall the website from some years ago but there were dozens and dozens of unit group photos.
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Old 01-06-2024, 03:30 PM
 
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I don't recall the website from some years ago but there were dozens and dozens of unit group photos.
Are you thinking of militaryyearbookproject.org? They have a bunch of basic training platoon pictures there. You can't search by name though. You need to know the unit, dates, etc to see if they even have those units. All the pictures there are from people who have voluntarily uploaded them.
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Old 01-06-2024, 03:32 PM
 
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I was in the army and before we went to Desert Shield/Storm, we didn't have pictures taken. I was only in for 5 years but I never heard of such a thing happening before going to war.
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Old 01-06-2024, 03:58 PM
 
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classmates.com has school yearbooks. Like the military yearbook site, only the books people have submitted...but worth a look. Also, possibly the local library near the school may have yearbooks. I couldn't tell you if they had high school yearbooks in the 1930s. If they had them back then, perhaps search ebay or used book stores. Army basic training had cyclebooks. I'm sure all branches have them. I'm not sure how far they go back, but ebay and used book stores would be the place to search. abebooks.com is another site to search for books.

You could try to find a facebook group for the unit he was in and ask around there. There are a lot of people out there trying to find old family members, etc. Getting in the arena where others are also searching and rubbing elbows with them may lead to other methods of finding what you're looking for.
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