In an earlier post, I described a project that I started to digitize and post photos of reunions of the crew of the USS Patterson (DD392). The photos are from an album that was kept by my in-laws, Erwin and Marie Schroder. Erwin spent more than two years on the Patterson and served as her First Lieutenant when she sailed through the Panama Canal in late 1945, heading for New York where she would be decommissioned and scrapped. The Patterson was awarded 13 battle stars for her service. As best I can tell, out of the thousands of ships operated by the Navy in WWII, only 21 earned more battle stars. She saw action in many of the major campaigns including the Battle off Savo Island, Battle of Leyte Gulf, Battle for Iwo Jima, and the Battle for Okinawa.
I placed the photos into Flickr albums, one album for each year. I then made a Flickr Collection of the albums. Here is a link to that collection. I wish they had taken more photos, but those were the days before digital cameras and folks tended to be a bit more frugal with their use of film. I hope that by posting these photos some of the individuals will be identified by family members. Also, if anyone would like to use/make copies of the photos, feel free to contact me. I will be happy to grant permission. Finally, if anyone has additional photos that they would like to add to this archive, I would be happy to host them here.