Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday photo prompt depicts some men inspecting a gun.
Check out this gun:
My mother’s brother Orvin Owen Davis, Jr. was in the Coast Guard during World War II, primarily in the Pacific. He served on an invasion transport ship which delivered marines and amphibious vehicles to battle zones. Two newspaper articles saved by my grandmother indicate Orvin Jr. contributed to the success of at least two significant battles.
The first was the Second Battle of Guam (1944) in which the United States took back territory that had been captured by the Japanese in 1941. The article appeared just two days after the conclusion of the battle.
|Orvin Jr. is second from the right. He is listed as "Orrie O. Davis,"|
a nickname I had never heard before. Was it a play on "Oreo"
or merely an error on part of the reporter?
|The reporter mistakenly gave|
Orvin's name as "Alvin."
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The important role played by the Coast Guard is evident in this photo from Wikimedia Commons. The photo was taken in Guam, but the sentiment could have been extended to any part of the Pacific theater.
for their big part in
the invasion of
They put us here and
we intend to stay
With so many of our participants living in North America, Europe, and parts "down under," you may need an amphibious vehicle to make your way around Sepia Saturday.