African Americans and the U.S. Navy
World War II Service at Pacific Bases (Part I: South Pacific, Manus and Okinawa)



This page, and the next, present images of African-Americans serving at bases in the Pacific during World War II. Racially segregated units, with caucasian officers and senior petty officers, were typical of this service, and are seen in most of these pages' images.

For other pictorial coverage of African Americans during World War II African Americans and the U.S. Navy - World War II

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The following pictures feature African Americans serving at facilities in the South Pacific, on Okinawa and celebrating the Japanese surrender at Manus, Admiralty Islands.

For additional views, see World War II Service at Pacific Bases (Part II: Guam and the Marianas):


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Photo #: 80-G-151384

African-American Naval Construction Battalion Members


Pushing a giant water tank back into position, after its foundations had been undermined by rains at a south Pacific base, 5 November 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 104KB; 740 x 595

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-222492

Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands


A movie audience watches the show in the rain, at a base on Guadalcanal, 25 March 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 113KB; 740 x 615

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-336900

Navy Logistics Support Company on Okinawa


Company members playing basketball during their off-duty time, 9 August 1945.
Photographed by Photographer's Mate Second Class M. Cvitanovich.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 115KB; 740 x 635

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-336901

Navy Logistics Support Company on Okinawa


A company member supervises a civilian labor unit, which is engaged in cleaning up the vicinity, 9 August 1945.
He is armed with an M-1 Carbine.
Photographed by Photographer's Mate Second Class M. Cvitanovich.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 95KB; 590 x 695

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-336903

Navy Logistics Support Company on Okinawa


Welder adjusts his torch, while fastening two steel drums together to make a culvert, 9 August 1945.
Photographed by Photographer's Mate Second Class M. Cvitanovich.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 62KB; 590 x 715

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-336908

Navy Logistics Support Company on Okinawa


A company member guides load movement as a crane loads a boxed refrigeration unit on a truck, 9 August 1945.
Photographed by Photographer's Mate Second Class M. Cvitanovich.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 62KB; 590 x 735

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-338463

Peace Celebrations at Naval Amphibious Base, Manus, Admiralty Islands, 15 August 1945


Men of the 22nd Special Naval Construction Battalion listen to a radio broadcast on the Japanese surrender.
Note typewriter at right.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 102KB; 740 x 570

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-338464

Peace Celebrations at Naval Amphibious Base, Manus, Admiralty Islands, 15 August 1945


Men of the 22nd Special Naval Construction Battalion listen as news of the Japanese surrender comes in on the radio.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 92KB; 740 x 590

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-338470

Peace Celebrations at Naval Amphibious Base, Manus, Admiralty Islands, 15 August 1945


Members of the 22nd Special Naval Construction Battalion cheering news of Japan's acceptance of peace terms.
Note sign: "War is over! Good-Bye Pacific. Hello USA".

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 126KB; 740 x 600

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 


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