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I started this project of posting my father's Navy album on
the Internet after I received several inquiries from people who wanted to know
if their family member was pictured. The reason they knew about thealbum
is because I had made a post on the USS Whitney website message board:
http://www.destroyers.org/GB_AD/AD4_board.php. I noted that I had my
father's album and that it included pictures of some of his shipmates. The
best place to look for a someone is on pages 2, 3, and 10. Pages 2 and 3
include autographs of shipmates, including their home address (in most cases).
Page 10 is a photograph of a contingent of ship members. There are several
places where my father annotated snapshots with a mate's first name or, in some
cases, nickname. I have transcribed these below the photos, as I have with
this introduction, so be sure to look at the bottom of the pages.
I disassembled the album and scanned each
page at 200 dpi, giving images of 2300 x 1700 pixels. The software that I
used reduced these images to a maximum of 640 pixels for the page views that you
see when you click on one of the thumbnails on this and the second Index page .
(The software produced 133 x 96 pixel thumbnails.) You may see the
full-size images by clicking on the page-view images. If you have a
telephone modem, the image will load slowly, but if you want to see more detail
than you can see in the page view, this is your only option.
Most of the photos in the album exhibit the
signs of age: they have faded and are sepia toned. I converted them to
black and white images and enhanced the contrast for better viewing, although
they lose the charm that is present with sepia-toned photos.
After spending quite a lot of time on this
project, I realize that the album is not the resource I once thought it might be
for assisting people to find a picture of their father or uncle. At this
point, I consider the site to be more of a tribute to my father than anything.
I think only a small percentage of 19-year olds would have started and
maintained a photo album such as this, and I am proud of him for the effort he
made to preserve his experience so that I and my descendants can enjoy it.
Jerry Curtis Lester
April 21, 2005