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Posing By the Swimming Hole

Posing By the Swimming Hole
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Title: Posing By the Swimming Hole
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.

Image ID: 101242
October 24, 1943 
Doyle, Robert
Doyle, Robert. Papers : 1935-1974, 1995
Genre: Photograph
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: Trees
Air pilots, Military
Armed Forces
Military uniforms
World War, 1939-1945
Outdoor photography
Portraits, Group
Military bases
Military camps

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