Photo #: 80-G-K-5489 (Color)
U.S. Naval Air Station, Santa Ana, California
Specialist (X) 2nd Class Marcelle Whiteman holds one of the 200 carrier pigeons "based" at NAS Santa Ana, circa June 1945. The birds were used to transmit communications from the air to the station when radio silence is in force.
One of the occupations covered by the Specialist (X) rating was Pigeon Trainer.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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31 January 2001