From: San Diego (Lives in Indianapolis)
An old friend had his grand parent pass away. While going through the usual stuff he came across a scrap book belonging to his grand parents uncle, who was in the U.S. Navy from the early 1900's until just after WWII. This scrap book almost went out with the dishwater, but Jack knew of my interest & saved it for me.
This older gentlemen served (from what I can tell so far) on the USS Salem, USS Selfridge, USS Tattnall, the USS Seattle, and the USS Langley. In WWII he sailed LST's down the river from the Illinois shipyards to New Orleans & handed them to Navy crews, as he was deemed to old for active duty. There are pictures in here I have never seen before including a few dozen of the Point Honda disaster, a ship called USS La Vollette that I can't find any reference to, pictures of the PN-9 and John Rogers, several external and internal of the Langley including a visit by I think SecNav Curtis Wilbur, a few aerial propaganda photos of "The Combined Battle Fleets" with the Langley in it and several battleships circa 1925...
I think I peed myself just a little. I'm going to look around and see if I can have these professionally scanned & cleaned up. This is REALLY old stuff (there are only 2 pictures with any dates, both showing Nov 1925), so anyone with references on who can do this kind of work, I would appreciate it. It may take a bit of time, but if anyone wants a CD once I get one, let me know. And if anyone knows of the USS La Vollette, I sure am curious Also, if anyone knows of a library, a museum, or something that may want to look at this, let me know and I'll send them an email once I get this things digital & cleaned up.
No offense, but I'd never give anything like this away to someone not in the family! I've been toying with applying to the national archive to get my grand dads navy records (he was in from 1928 to 1968) for some time.
Playing at war is a far better vocation than making people fight in them.