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WWII - the New Guinea Campaign and images from the island
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Joined: Aug 24, 2008
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From: Elk Grove, CA
Posted: 2010-06-13 10:24 am   Permalink

This is a great topic. I saw this book at the Aircraft Museum in Hawaii. It illustrates the wonderful artwork painted on the fighter planes.


Don't you think it would be quite appropriate on any Tiki coffee table?


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Joined: Jun 29, 2010
Posts: 35
From: Anaheim- Home of The Enchanted Tiki Room
Posted: 2010-07-03 02:25 am   Permalink

Amazing stuff...I posted this elsewhere, but it fits here too...

I'm going to try to find a picture my Dad had of his Marine buddy Frank standing next to a topless native girl while they were stationed on the island of Apemama in the Tarawa Atoll during WWII...if my Mom can find it, I'll scan it and post it.
Keep on Rockin',



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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2010-07-03 2:21 pm   Permalink

My dad was in PNG during WWII.
He had a photo or two of a topless local.
He hated being there.
Mildew everywhere; uniform never dried; and being isolated from the real war (although I am fortunate for that part).

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uncle trav
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2010-07-03 6:41 pm   Permalink

Great stuff. Here is a site with the story of the recovery of a very rare P-61 Black Widow night fighter from the mountainous jungles of New Guinea. I was lucky enough to hear the story of the recovery firsthand years ago and handle some artifacts that were recovered.

"Anyone who has ever seen them is thereafter haunted as if by a feverish dream" Karl Woermann

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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-01-09 8:40 pm   Permalink

Here is a cool photo of three servicemen at the "Camp Tiki" sign.


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Haole Jim
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Joined: Jul 17, 2009
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From: central coast metro Chicago
Posted: 2012-01-15 7:43 pm   Permalink

An era of which the people, places, machines and events will live on forever...

...thank you.

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Joined: May 18, 2003
Posts: 846
From: Alta Loma, California
Posted: 2012-01-16 12:08 pm   Permalink

My Dad (soldier on right)storming the beaches on Wakde Island in 1944 . This was published in Yank Magazine of that year . He sent a copy to my mother and wrote "Guess who? Your'es Truly".

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Joined: Feb 17, 2012
Posts: 324
From: Drifting on my outrigger canoe
Posted: 2013-06-20 05:28 am   Permalink

I posted in another thread this great book that Iím reading "Hollywood's South Seas & the Pacific War: Searching for Dorothy Lamour" and it fits well with this thread because it covers a lot about Western WWII soldiers in New Guinea. The book is about these soldierís prewar expectations fueled from Hollywood South Seas movies especially Dorothy Lamour films and their real war experiences especially in New Guinea and other islands of Melanesia. A must read. Interestingly one part of the book is that the authors alluded to the strange phenomena of U.S. G.I.s expecting Dorothy Lamour on the islands but seeing the reality was very different BUT their prewar Hollywood expectations continued after the war.

Some talk on TC on how important the G.I. in the Pacific really was to the tiki movement later. I think these soldiers were very influential just not the direct way one would think. I reason cheekytiki hit on something on page 1 of this thread, the Officers Tropical Club. In my research I have run into others besides in Bikini. One of my favorite stories was in Guadalcanal. Most people donít know was that after the horrific battles there Admiral Halsey built the biggest rec & recreational center in the Pacific, with a gym, hospital, supply warehouses, ball fields and of course a nice Officers Club. At the club only three people could get in, the officers of course, the nurses of any rank and the Hawaiians from a battalion that generally worked in the warehouses. Why Hawaiians, because they were the hosts of the club, the entertainment, the atmosphere. I contend that this is one way future Tiki bars started. Another theory was that as you know in every group there is one guy or gal that wants to stop and smell the roses. He or she wants to slow down and absorb the local culture. Same in the rank and file. Check out Malickís A THIN RED LINE and note the scenes where Caviezel and a fellow soldier where hanging out with the natives swimming and canoeing while everyone else were back in their their tents complaining about how hot and miserable they were. Hey maybe one in 100 soldiers where like that but thatís 10,000 G.I.s who return home with an actual love of the South Seas. Another theory that even a 15 year old would agree too is that yeah, war was hell but normally a humanís brain will shove negative feelings to the back and only choose to remember the positive stuff no matter how small these experiences were. Despite the horror and gore of war there are some good memories also. Either way a tiki bar is the best place to escape. I wonder what the percentage of men on the front was as compared to men in the back in support. Finally I think the founders of tiki style whether veterans or not where influenced by war newsreels and the debate of Hawaiiís statehood. Bottom line is money and I theorized that the 1 million Pacific war vets where a huge market to consider and approve funding for any tiki venture.

Following the links, next stop Kailuageoff's Frances Langford's Outrigger, Jensen Beach, FL (restaurant)

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Joined: Jan 16, 2010
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2013-08-04 10:50 pm   Permalink

Creativenative, I'd love to read that book but it sure isn't cheap! Looks like this is the place to post this photo I came across...

"October-Nevember 1944: Segundo crew members enjoying some much deserved R&R on Majuro atoll following their first war patrol",
Trader Vic's in the Marshalls .

A welcome to Majuro from the sub tender USS Gilmore's band. Looks like Majuro was a sub base during WWII and a place for some fun too.

aloha, tikicoma

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