Collection photo # 2016.10.01: Sailors pose for a photo on board USS Soley (DD-707)
Kahn Family Collection. One photo album, 34 color slides, and several loose documents depicting life on board USS Soley (DD-707) during World War II. Collection belonged to Robert E. Kahn. Of particular note, this album has good photography throughout the ship, showing weapons, machinery, and spaces below deck and on deck. Shown are US Navy Training Center, Sampson NY, 24 May 1944, Co 263; USS Soley commissioning ceremony; Japanese surrender and local natives at Kusaie; Kwajalein; Wake Island; Eniwetok; Tokyo Bay and scenes ashore in Japan; Los Angeles; Panama Canal. Identified ships shown include USS PCE-880; USS Thornhill (DE-195); USS Iowa (BB-61); USS Pasadena (CL-65); USS New Jersey (BB-62); USS Scribner (DE-122); USS Compton (DD-705); USS Gainard (DD-706); USS Wilson (DD-408); USS Black (DD-666); USS Salt Lake City (CA-25); USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708); foreign warships IJN Nagato and Prinz Eugen; and numerous other small craft and unidentified vessels. Documents in the scrapbook include: Chronology of USS Soley 1944-1946; Commissinong ceremony invitation, program, pamphlet, and memo; Memo and proclamation regarding Japanese surrender at Kusaie; Newspaper clippings including “To Be Hanged for Beheading Yanks”; Plank owner certificate; telegram to Robert Kahn; Hand drawn map of Soley’s voyages 1944-1946. Loose documents include copy of USS Soley war record; reprint of letter from USS Soley commanding officer Commander John S. Lewis, 1946; USS Soley PXO Order No. 1a-44 “General Information for Forming Balance Crew,” 27 October 1944.
Robert H. Kahn
Naval History and Heritage Command
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