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Posing By the Swimming Hole

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DESCRIPTION

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.

RECORD DETAILS

Image ID: 101242

Creation Date: 1943-10-24 

Creator Name: Doyle, Robert

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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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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.

SUBJECTS

Air pilots, Military

Armed Forces

Botany

Clothing and dress

Eyeglasses

Firearms

Foliage

Men

Military art and science

Military bases

Military camps

Military uniforms

Nudity

Officers

Outdoor photography

Persons

Ponds

Portraits, Group

Recreation

Relaxation

Soldiers

Streams

Swimming

Trees

Water

World War, 1939-1945

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