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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 [...]

16 Jul 2012

Borum Boat With Navy Jets

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A Borum Eldorado sits on it’s trailer next to what I believe is a Grumman F-9 Cougar Navy Jet and a mix of other aircraft in the background.  I don’t know which base it was shot at but I’m guessing NAS Jacksonville in the 1950′s.  (As always, I welcome information from those of you in [...]

24 Feb 2012

Naval Air Gunners School

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A display of the aircraft turrets used by Navy aircraft gunners on parade at the Naval Air Gunners School at Yellow Water on Jacksonville’s Westside where the gunners were trained in their use.  Shot while Loyd Sandgren was a Navy photographer stationed at NAS Mayport in the 1940′s.  Here is an earlier post from the [...]

14 Feb 2012

Ernest Hinds With Skyline

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Built in 1918 this ship was designed as a passenger liner but was taken by the Navy for use during WW I for troop transport and named the USS Santa Teresa.  After the war it was returned to it’s owners and operated commercially for the next 20 years as the SS Santa Teresa and then [...]

29 Nov 2011

Navy Machine Gunner, 1944

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“Here is a gunner getting ready to fire his machine guns.  This was a typical photo, taken for Public Relations.  This photo was sent to the home town newspaper to show what a native son was doing.  The interesting thing about this picture is, the plane was on the ground and there was a platform [...]

20 Sep 2011

Yellow Water Naval Air Gunnery School

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“Here two sailors getting ready for a days supply of 50 calibers.  They would use 3 million rounds a day at the Yellow Water Gunnery School.  Jacksonville, Florida.  1945” LS This was quite a complex in the 1940′s, one of three facilities in the United States used to train Navy gunners in all aspects of [...]

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