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Posing By the Swimming Hole

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Three officers of General Walter Krueger's staff stand on a log in front of a swimming hole located on Goodenough Island, in the Solomon Sea, New Guinea (present day Papua New Guinea). Robert Doyle describes it, "the natural pool, formed by a cascading mountain stream, is 12 feet deep." A soldier in uniform stands on a rock above the waterline while another nude soldier climbs out below. Doyle also had this to say, "Every afternoon it is filled with shouting soldiers in their birthday suits, seeking relief from the sweltering heat, swimming in the cold, crystal clear water or lounging on the huge rocks." The names of the staff members are listed as Lieutenant Colonel Ray Hamilton (Ham) Martin, Pilot and Senior Aide, of San Antonio, Texas; Lieutenant Calvin Meitz, Co-Pilot, of Burlingame, California; and Captain H.B. (Ben) Dechert, Aide (formerly of the Dallas News), of Dallas, Texas. In his diary, Doyle says that he and the officers went for a swim in the pool. Whether this group portrait was taken before or after their swim is unknown.


Image ID: 101242

Creation Date: 1943-10-24 

Creator Name: Doyle, Robert




Collection Name: Doyle, Robert. Papers : 1935-1974, 1995

Genre: Photograph

Original Format Type: negative, original

Original Format Number: M99-114, box 8, roll 11, neg 1110

Original Dimensions: 2.375 x 2.375 inches


Robert Doyle was a civilian war correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal during World War II, covering the experiences of Wisconsin troops in the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division, an infantry division of the United States Army National Guard. The "Red Arrow" Division consisted mainly of soldiers from Wisconsin and Michigan.


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