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An Image Of History


"The dawn was bright and blowing. Angels perched unseen on the shrouds and crosstrees. Young men, fated to survive and become old men dying abed half a century hence, would forever remember this hour, when an army at dawn made for the open sea in a cause none could yet comprehend. Ashore, as the great fleet glided past, dreams of them stepped, like men alive, into the rooms where their loved ones lay sleeping."
From Volume One: An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for History by Rick Atkinson.

"For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, nor do they have any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now long perished; nor have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun."
From Qohelet / Ecclesiastes, 9th chapter, 4th/6th verse, translated from the original in Hebrew and published by the Koren Publishers of Jerusalem, Israel.

The old adage of a picture being worth a thousand words is certainly applicable in a photographic history of the United States Navy. There are thousands of images in the archives here, spanning from the 18th century to the present day. Each generation of youth answering its call to arms if the need be to defend the nation's freedom or interests.
The photos here hopefully represent some idea of the period of which those who lived through those times can best answer the question of "What did you do in the war or in keeping the peace Daddy, and how did it affect you when you left as a youth and came back as an adult?"

Seeing history made through the eyes of those who lived it color that generation's perspective and outlook on life.
The person who left as a youth and as an individual on his way to the armed forces learns to work in a team environment, and hopefully becomes more conscious of himself from an individual to a generational perspective, realizing that actions at a fortuitous time and place can determine the course of events, but not losing himself in the idea that he is the sum of all parts.

In the Second Book of Shmuel (Samuel), 10th chapter, 12th verse, translated from the original in Hebrew and published by the Koren Publishers of Jerusalem, Israel, can perhaps aptly describe the proper state of mind one should have in defending their county while in its service:
Yoav, the head of King David's Army, said to his brother Avishay:
"Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people, and for the cities of our G-D, and the Lord do that which seems good in his eyes."

In our commonality we are forged from a group of individuals into a larger grouping, become a community of men and women representing our nation wherever our flag is to be seen, and as a consequence representing its ideals wherever we go. We are the image of our nation in its history.

This archive currently contains over 12,000 photos & 3,0000 PDF's (more or less) and 255 pages.
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09/04/20
BB-14 Nebraska added 1 PDF 011457v
BB-34 New York added 1 PDF 013487
BB-35 Texas added 1 PDF 013527f
BB-41 Mississippi added 1 photo 014183a
BB-42 Idaho added 1 PDF 014279
BB-48 West Virginia added 1 photo 014842c
BB-52 North Carolina added 20 photos overall. The 1st group of 13 photos 015222, 015223, 015224, 015225, 015226, 015227, 015228, 015229, 015230, 015231, 015232, 015239, & 015241 show (BB-52) under construction from January to November 1920.015233, 015234, 015235, 015236, 015237, 015238 & 015240 were taken when the Navy was building pier 4 at Norfolk at the time and it's next to the slip that (BB-52) was on.
BB-63 Missouri added 1 photo 016356c
BB-67 Montana added 1 PDF 016722
(Almost) Unknown Photos added 1 PDF 01wasp

08/14/20
Maine added 1 photo maine17y & 1 PDF maine32a
Wyoming added 1 photo wyoming1018
BB-07a Illionis added 1 PDF 010725i
BB-11 Missouri added 1 PDF 011117a
BB-24 Idaho added 1 PDF 012430
BB-31 Utah added 1 PDF 013129h
BB-34 New York added 1 PDF 013459
BB-35 Texas added 1 PDF 013513m
BB-38 Pennsylvania added 1 PDF 013804
BB-39 Arizona added 1 PDF 013912
BB-41 Mississippi added 3 PDFs 014113, 014113a & 014145r
BB-42 Idaho added 1 PDF 014284
BB-44 California added 1 PDF 014436
BB-45 Colorado added 1 PDF 014523b
BB-49 South Dakota added 2 PDFs 014935 & 014936
BB-52 North Carolina added 1 PDF 015200
BB-55 North Carolina added 1 photo 015502d
BB-56 Washington added 1 PDF 015662a
BB-57 South Dakota added 1 photo 0825729
BB-63 Missouri added 3 PDFs 016317c, 016301j & 016303d
(Almost) Unknown Photos added 2 PDFs 01landBB & 01electrician
Ostfriesland added 1 PDF ostfriesland28

07/26/20
Maine added 1 PDF maine45m
BB-6 Kentucky added 3 PDFs 010604f, 010616v & 010619s
BB-11 Missouri added 1 PDF 011104d
BB-13 Virginia added 1 photo 011304s
BB-33 Arkansas added 1 PDF 013327z
BB-36 Nevada added 1 photo 013688h
BB-39 Arizona added 1 photo 013916c & 2 PDFs 013903, 013930a
BB-43 Tennessee added 1 PDF 014320b
BB-44 California added 1 photo 014428e
BB-46 Maryland added 1 PDF 014620m
BB-47 Washington added 1 PDF 014752
BB-48 West Virginia added 2 PDFs 014821m & 014821s
BB-49 South Dakota added 1 PDF 014922f
BB-55 North Carolina added 1 PDF 015551
BB-62 New Jersey added 1 PDF 016248n
BB-63 Missouri added 3 PDFs 016331c, 016336c & 016305d
BB-66 Kentucky added 1 PDF 016632
(Almost) Unknown Photos added 7 PDFs 01ladies, 01parley, 01hughes, 01bake, 01atthemovies,01oldseadays & 0157tgc
Commercial Battleships added 1 PDF 01Cola

07/03/20
Maine added 1 PDF maine15f
BB-3 Oregon added 1 PDF 010320b
BB-16 New Jersey added 1 PDF 011620j
BB-32 Wyoming added 2 PDFs 013213 & 013228v
BB-33 Arkansas added 1 PDF 013325b
BB-34 New York added 2 PDFs 013401n & 013410
BB-38 Pennsylvania added 1 PDF 013805
BB-39 Arizona added 1 PDF 0139015
BB-40 New Mexico added 3 PDFs 014004c, 014047f & 014012d
BB-42 Idaho added 1 PDF 014219g
BB-43 Tennessee added 1 PDF 014219g
BB-44 California added 1 photo 01441z
BB-45 Colorado added 1 photo 014523u
BB-57 South Dakota added 2 PDFs 015760k & 015743g
BB-61 Iowa added 1 photo 016108k
BB-63 Missouri added 1 photo 016383c
BB-64 Wisconsin added 1 PDF 0164028
(Almost) Unknown Photos added 2 PDF's 014040lb & 01BillyM
Ostfriesland added 1 PDF ostfriesland27

05/28/20
BB-28 Delaware added 1 PDF 012820b
BB-35 Texas added 1 photo 013515b
BB-36 Nevada added 1 photo 013646f
BB-38 Pennsylvania added 1 photo, 013840n
BB-46 Maryland added 1 photo 014622
BB-58 Indiana added 1 photo 015843m
BB-61 Iowa added 1 photo 016187
BB-62 New Jersey added 3 photos 0162002, 0162017 & 016206 & 1 PDF 016222q

05/08/20
Maine added 2 photos maine2i & maine2l
BB-10 Maine added 1 photo 011057
BB-20 Vermont added 1 PDF 012020l
BB-30 Florida added 1 PDF & photo 013076a
BB-33 Arkansas added 1 photo 013344f
BB-35 Texas added 1 photo 013573b & 2 PDFs 013581 & 013545
BB-38 Pennsylvania added 4 photos, 013845q, 013815, 013800f & 013863
BB-39 Arizona added 1 PDF 013932b & 3 photos 013921n, 013171v, 013997
BB-40 New Mexico added 1 photo 014008
BB-41 Mississippi added 1 PDF 014129s
BB-58 Indiana added 1 PDF 015800e & 5 photos 015833, 015868, 015867, 015865 & 015866
BB-62 New Jersey added 3 photos 01621e, 016209g & 0162009
BB-63 Missouri added 1 photo 0163006

04/03/20
M-6 Monterey added 1 photo
BB-29 North Dakota added 1 photo 012938
BB-42 Idaho added 1 PDF 014276 & 1 photo 014212
BB-45 Colorado added 1 PDF 014513
BB-55 North Carolina added 1 photo 015501h
BB-59 Massachusetts added 1 photo 015910 & 1 PDF 015977b

02/29/20
BB-3 Oregon added 1 photo 010313f
BB-4 Iowa added 1 photo 010472
BB-10 Maine added 1 photo 011018
BB-36 Nevada added 1 PDF 013608 & 2 photos 013656 & 013669s
BB-47 Washington added 1 PDF 014700

02/07/20
BB-12 Ohio added 2 PDFs 011011o & 011258
BB-34 New York added 1 PDF 013440
BB-58 Indiana added 4 photos 015859b & 015810 & 015810a & 015810b
BB-60 Alabama added 1 photo 016029


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