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Fita Fita Guard | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Fita Fita Guard

Fita Fita Guard | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
A Fita Fita Guard poses in his uniform of red cap, white skivvy shirt and white lava lava (a Samoan kilt). Shoes are not worn. The Fita Fita Guards are a special navy unit of indigenous Samoans. He is standing on the sidewalk surrounding a concrete building with an open window. A full cloth bag leans against the corner. More buildings, hills, trees and an indigenous woman are on the right. The base was located on Tutuila, American Samoa. Robert Doyle wrote a caption for this image although it was not published at that time, "Talamama, seaman, second class, is member of Fita Fita guard (U.S. navy honor guard). Stripes around bottom of lava lava denote rank. Talamama gets regular navy pay, plus 20% overseas pay, although he is not permitted to serve outside his home islands of American Samoa. Talamama was right on ball, demanded to see my credentials before he would permit me to take his picture."
DESCRIPTION
A Fita Fita Guard poses in his uniform of red cap, white skivvy shirt and white lava lava (a Samoan kilt). Shoes are not worn. The Fita Fita Guards are a special navy unit of indigenous Samoans. He is standing on the sidewalk surrounding a concrete building with an open window. A full cloth bag leans against the corner. More buildings, hills, trees and an indigenous woman are on the right. The base was located on Tutuila, American Samoa. Robert Doyle wrote a caption for this image although it was not published at that time, "Talamama, seaman, second class, is member of Fita Fita guard (U.S. navy honor guard). Stripes around bottom of lava lava denote rank. Talamama gets regular navy pay, plus 20% overseas pay, although he is not permitted to serve outside his home islands of American Samoa. Talamama was right on ball, demanded to see my credentials before he would permit me to take his picture."
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:100622
Creation Date: February 28 1945
Creator Name:Doyle, Robert
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Collection Name:Robert Doyle papers, 1935-1974, 1995
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:negative, original
Original Format Number:M99-114, box 8, roll 44, neg 4402
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
Buildings
Windows
Trees
Clothing and dress
Hats
Sidewalks
Hills
Armed Forces
Military uniforms
Naval art and science
Sailors
World War, 1939-1945
Men
Outdoor photography
Pacific Islanders
Women

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