All, Over the last few days, I’ve upgraded our server to be fast and updated the software to the latest version and did a fair amount of cleanup. When we created this site over ten years ago, I did some things that were not standardized. Of course, standardizing them broken a lot of things. I think they are all fixed now, use the contact page to let me know if there is still a problem.
Here are three “inside” shots of Christmas decorations on the ship in 1945. How they got these items is beyond my guesses. The fourth shot is Midnight Mass. I am also adding a pdf file of the “events and activities” booklet. The late Bob Knight loaned me a box of newsletters and programs so I could scan them.
The “Bostoner” calls out many of the activities in these photos. To launch this pdf file (Yule45), you’ll need to click on it and save it somewhere (desktop, documents folder, etc.)
While I was working on the Baked Beans books, one day I got an email from Dirk Oster. he explained that his dad, Bernie Oster, was the ship’s photographer. He had a bunch of old snapshots of the ship that his dad took. They weren’t marked or dated. He wanted to know if I was interested . . .
In the revised books (USS Boston in World War II), I used many of the pictures he sent. There was a batch of them that at the time didn’t make any sense. Pictures of Christmas decorations in the ship. Pictures of Santa. As I absorbed info about the ship during the war, I finally got it. Here were pictures of the last Christmas in Japan – December 1945 – Occupation Duty.
I’m going to share some of these in two chunks: “Outside” shots of a Happy Hour, and “Inside” shots of decorations. (These are scans of seventy-year-old B&W snapshots, so . . . . )
I will follow up with more snaps of the decorated ship.
The Boston was ordered on November 21, 1944 to detach from the rest of the Task Force (enroute to Ulithi Atoll) and report to drydock at Manus Island (Admiralties) for an overhaul. The ship arrived at Seedler Harbor (Manus) the the day after Thanksgiving, November 24.