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pjc5150
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Posted: 2013-05-15 7:40 pm   Permalink

this is the piece of shrapnel that almost prevented my entire family from happening.

my grandfather is the only living plank-holder on the most decorated ship in US naval history....the USS Nicholas... and this piece of shrapnel lodged itself into the wall about a foot from my grandfather's head during an attack by the Japanese.

he's also a pearl harbor survivor, and quite frankly, he's my hero.

cool thread...



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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-05-16 04:17 am   Permalink

That ship took my grandfather to Guadalcanal.

 
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Pele Paul
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Posted: 2013-05-16 09:39 am   Permalink

what a small world!

 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-05-16 10:26 am   Permalink

There is a TC thread on tiki nose art.

www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=14792&forum=1

Here is some more nose art.


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Pele Paul
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Posted: 2013-05-16 10:51 am   Permalink

especially love the pics with the captured Japanese flags, prob why I keep buying them even though Ive got over a dozen!!




























 
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Pele Paul
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Posted: 2013-05-16 10:54 am   Permalink

thanks for the heads up on the tiki nose art, too cool!!!!!

 
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Pele Paul
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Posted: 2013-05-17 09:36 am   Permalink







 
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Haole Jim
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Posted: 2013-06-02 09:17 am   Permalink

What immortal days, men and women. Eternal thanks and honour to those who served in WW II.

Thank you for all the images and thoughts.


 
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Rum Dog
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Posted: 2013-06-16 7:23 pm   Permalink

Just came across this thread. Love it.

Today is Father's Day and I will post a few pictures of my father who served on a destroyer towards the end of WW II.

Here he is (far right) at an officer's club probably in Pearl Harbor. Disappointed that I don't see any tropical drinks. Either my dad and his friends liked to guzzle beer or they had a lousy wait staff.





While his War experience did not make him "tiki" it did have a profound effect on the course of his life. He really enjoyed the beach which made him move to the California coast in the early 1950's.

Here is a picture of him (far left) with a few sailor buddys on an island somewhere in the South Pacific.

Hey! What did you expect? He was from Dodge City Kansas. I doubt if he owned bathing trunks.





With my mom a few years before I was born.
Nice tropical shirt!!! Still beer and not a tiki drink.





 
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Pele Paul
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Posted: 2013-06-18 10:07 pm   Permalink

very very cool, thanks for sharing

 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-06-19 08:33 am   Permalink

This TC thread from 2007 has more military pictures.

www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=26665&forum=1

I can't find a clip of it online, but Ray Harryhausen made a 10 minute film called 'Guadalcanal' during WWII. He worked with Frank Capra and Dr. Seuss, Major Ted Geisel, making propaganda and instructional films during the war. It's fun to see a bamboo hut being made in stop motion animation. The short film is a special feature on the Harryhausen Chronicles.

On rubylane.com there is a sun helmet that was used in Guadalcanal on sale for $447. www.rubylane.com/item/160319-3559/US-NAVY-Guadalcanal-WW11-Fibre






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creativenative
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Posted: 2013-06-20 03:36 am   Permalink

I like how people are posting personal photos of WWII so here are mine. My mom passed recently and I was fortunately able to scan some of her photos for a slide presentation. I knew she had some cool WWII stuff so I made sure I scanned them. First a little background; my mom was 17 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. She, like a lot of young civilians skipped her senior year to help in the war efforts. She and her sisters were beautiful hapa haoles (half breeds-Dorothy Lamour like) or lighter brown skinned natives with some Caucasian features. The island girl that most GIís imagined but was actually not that common though out the Pacific. One Aunty Leialoha, the taller one in some of these photos, did marry a Naval man, uncle Bob an officer and a marine engineer. He was one of those guys sun bathing on a deck while the A bomb went off nearby at Bikini. He luckily survived without any after effects. My momís the dark Italian looking one.



Note they were good girls visiting the Chaplain's office

Next stop Bablu's : WWII - the New Guinea Campaign and images from the island
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=35520&forum=1&start=30
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-08-07 2:43 pm   Permalink

These are some interesting photos available on etsy(not mine).

www.etsy.com/listing/154029411/guadalcanal-south-pacific-island-war?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_query=guadalcanal&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all
Apia Harbor, Samoa.


www.etsy.com/listing/153961726/guadalcanal-south-pacific-islands-photos?ref=sr_gallery_10&ga_search_query=guadalcanal&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all












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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-08-07 3:08 pm   Permalink

More images available on etsy.com
Postcard.


The Waikiki Theater which was sadly torn down.






 
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creativenative
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Posted: 2013-08-07 11:45 pm   Permalink

That above post card reminded me of a Popeye screen capture I recently posted titled "Alona of the Sarong Seas". Ironically about the same time period 1942.

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