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15 Aug 2013

The First Victory Over Japan Day

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Sailors celebrate the end of the war with Japan at Naval Station Mayport in this photograph by then Navy photographer Loyd Sandgren. Germany had surrendered to the Allies May 7, 1945 ending the war in Europe. In an effort to bring the continuing war with Japan to a close on August 6, 1945 the United States [...]

18 Jun 2013

Men With Guns, 1945

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This is another frame from a series of photographs showing a Group of congressmen at the NAS Jacksonville range according to Loyd Sandgren’s notes.  Dated 10/15/45.  Again, I think this was probably from the Naval Air Gunnery School at Yellow Water.  Here is an additional photo on the pistol range of the third gentleman from the [...]

09 Apr 2013

Navy Ship At Mayport, 1944

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“Here is tow ships that were at our base.  This was in 1944 and they were about as big as we could handle at the time.”  LS Another early photo from U.S. Naval Frontier Base, Mayport, Florida.  I could not track down any solid information about this particular ship but if any Navy Ship experts [...]

05 Feb 2013

Duke It Out

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No information left behind by Loyd Sandgren but judging from the audience this was a Navy boxing match, probably from the 1940′s.  Safe to say this was not the heavyweight division.  Looks like they could use a little meat on their bones.

01 Feb 2013

Naval Air Gunners School Parade Float

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“Here is one of the displays of equipment at the Yellow Water Gunnery School, this was taken on Hogan St. Downtown.  October 15, 1945.”  LS The truck and trailer had machine gun turrets like those found on Navy patrol aircraft and were used to train aircraft gunners.  According to the sign on the trailer ‘Naval [...]

11 Jan 2013

The Russian Navy Comes To Mayport, 1944

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“About 1944, we had lots of Russian Sailors picking up the American give away boats.  They loved to go out to sea and drop depth-charges.  Often I would go out with them and take pictures.  In this case I would take the picture and give each sailor a print.  They thought that was so great [...]

13 Dec 2012

Navy Net Maker

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“We had other things going on also, here is Horrace Tompkins showing off the shrimp nets that he would make in his spare time.  He was good and made money.”  LS Some of the most interesting photos in the Loyd Sandgren collection are those that show the little moments and behind the scenes shots that [...]

10 Oct 2012

U.S. Naval Frontier Base Mayport

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  This was what is now known as Naval Station Mayport just two years after it was commissioned in 1942 and set up as a submarine maintenance and refueling facility as well as a home port for minesweepers during WW II.  It was not until 1952 that the first carrier called the base home. There [...]

03 Oct 2012

Straight Shooter

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I’m impressed that he did not even have to put down his cigarette while he shot. From a series of prints showing a group of congressmen shooting handguns and shotguns at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville range.  A hand written note on the back of the print identifies the shooter as Bill Jones and a [...]

13 Sep 2012

Things That Go Boom!

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“This shows the mine that was laid in many places at Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach and many other places around our area.  I have no idea how many were put in our waters but this was the way it was done.  1943, 1944.” LS From the US Navy web site reference to Mine Warfare:  “The [...]

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About Photographer Loyd Sandgren

I first met Loyd Sandgren in 1997 as I was putting photo gear back into my car after... Learn More