Scrapbook and photo album belonging to Pharmacist's Mate First Class Robert Anthony Gates who served aboard the USS Menard during WWII.

Item #97-4795

B&w photos, unpaginated photo album is 5.75 x 8.5, stiff wraps w/cord ties, scrapbook is 14.5 x 11, stamped design on front covers (not military), boards, 34 pages, 80 pages. Photos (some loose) are in good condition, approx. 48 in scrapbook and 41 in album. Album is in good condition with minor wear, pages are loose, 24 of 34 pages have photos. Scrapbook is disbound, fair condition but photos are also in good condition, pages are very brittle, torn, missing pieces and loose, covers worn, 43 of 80 pages have photos, etc. attached, there are a few loose items in between pages 45-59. Gates, of Berwyn, Ill. received his draft notice on May 28, 1942, to report on the sixth of the next month. After boot camp, he was sent to the US Naval Hospital in San Diego where he graduated from the hospital corps school as a hospital apprentice second class, later receiving certification as a pharmacist's mate third class and then for first class. From there he was stationed at Rancho Santa Margarita at Oceanside where he mentions that he and friends watched the film "Guadacanal Diary" being filmed near their barracks. On Aug. 8, 1944, Gates received orders to report to the USS Menard at Seattle. Under the command of Commander James B. Bliss, the Menard left to join the Pacific fleet off Okinawa. The ship, which was also Admiral Turner's flagship, suffered a nine-day attack of Japanese kamikaze planes which briefly detailed in the Menard's daily news sheet, dated 9 April 1945. Gates and his shipmates visited Nagasaki after the bombing and tells what he saw in a copy of a typewritten letter. Gates was eventually discharged on January 20, 1946, his period of service covering 1942-1946. Both items have personal notes from him. Outside of photos, the scrapbook contains newspaper clippings (some not in good shape), menus, cloth insignias and permit card to wear them, 4 illustr postcards given to him by civilians in Manila, 19 pieces of paper currency " . . . used in Manila useless now that Japs are gone" per Gates, 5 Philippine psotage stamps, photo of Japanese family all in Western clothes except for the mother, small white flag with a star in the center, a booklet "The Missourian" dated Oct. 27, which tells of the significance of the Missouri in the war and showing the Japanese signing the surrender documents on its deck, a silk Japanese flag and a few other odds 'n' ends. A very interesting collection. Sold as a lot only.

Price: $395.00

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