Siblings Dana Perkins and Alice Smith are hoping folks in North Dakota and different areas within the nation would possibly have the ability to assist them determine a big assortment of pictures that their father took whereas he was stationed in Hawaii within the Forties after the assault on Pearl Harbor.
Perkins lately contacted The Minot Each day Information about their World Struggle II Pacific Veterans Undertaking.
When World Struggle II veteran Richard Erlon Perkins died a number of years in the past on the age of 92, his son, Dana, of Saco, Maine, and daughter, Alice, of Yarmouth, Maine, discovered the giant tin full of rolls of movie negatives at his dwelling. The movie negatives had by no means been transformed into photographic prints.
“We discovered the can of negatives within the backside of his closets in 2014,” mentioned Dana.
Dana mentioned his father didn’t get many of the negatives made into prints as a result of on the time, he didn’t manage to pay for so had the negatives developed after which saved them within the can.
Richard Perkins was a radio operator stationed at Fort Shafter in Honolulu and labored at an underground base inside Diamond Head. Aside from a number of temporary tales, he by no means talked a lot about his service to his household, Dana mentioned.
The folks within the pictures embody veterans of the Military, Navy and Marines, in addition to USO performers, civilians and kids who lived within the space across the Fort Shafter Military base, in keeping with Dana.
“I scanned all of the negatives myself,” Dana mentioned. He has a piece historical past in business artwork, graphic design, doing adverts and web page layouts for print newspapers, magazines, and so on.
“So this work is ‘proper up my alley,” he mentioned. He mentioned he “painstakingly” scanned the negatives into his laptop and transformed them into a whole bunch of never-before-seen historic pictures.
“I don’t know how a lot time I’ve acquired into this. I’ve been engaged on it on and off for a number of years now.” I’m simply now starting the method of including the data we’ve realized to every photograph.”
“There are 672 pictures on this assortment. I’ve additionally included the entire double exposures and dangerous pictures as a result of possibly someone someplace would possibly see one thing in them that I don’t. We have now a number of different pictures in three photograph albums that seem like memento pictures that Dad didn’t take himself. I haven’t scanned these but,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the theme or subject to all of the pictures is that they confirmed what life was like on the Military base. “Many of the pictures have been in and round Fort Shafter, though among the pictures have been taken in Saipan, and a few at Fort Rutger. Most of the pictures have been of in style vacationer sights on the island of Oahu,” he mentioned.
He mentioned his father used a Kodak Pony digital camera to take the pictures.
Dana mentioned not one of the pictures present “bombs and bullets” or the aftermath of the assault on Pearl Harbor “which is almost certainly as a result of Dad was not allowed to take any pictures of that or had no entry to that a part of Oahu at the moment. However we will’t say for certain.”
He famous that one photograph within the assortment (photograph 115) reveals somebody sporting a fuel masks and thermal underwear. “The reason is that troopers stationed in Hawaii have been accountable for defending the complete Pacific space, together with the colder climates of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and so on.,” Dana mentioned.
Throughout the previous a number of years Dana and Alice have hung out studying as a lot as they’ll concerning the folks and the areas within the pictures, in keeping with Dana.
He mentioned his father additionally had World Struggle II silent 8mm motion pictures. Dana has digitized a few them and posted them on YouTube. The hyperlinks observe:
“One of many 8mm motion pictures has a number of seconds of billowing smoke rising up, which was later recognized as coming from the West Loch Catastrophe. That occasion was stored High Secret for a few years (many years),” he mentioned.
He mentioned they’re additionally trying to find details about their father’s unit as a result of all of his army information have been destroyed in a big fireplace the place the information have been stored. “We’re within the strategy of making an attempt to piece collectively the information of his army service from his diaries and different sources,” Dana mentioned.
Dana mentioned they’ve obtained intensive assist with the photograph challenge from Milton Migita, a curator on the Military Museum in Hawaii, and from most people by means of on-line social media teams.
The siblings’ objective, in keeping with Dana, is to make the entire pictures out there to the general public by compiling them in a ebook or by means of a web site. The unique negatives, pictures, and three photograph albums will then be donated to both the Military Museum or the Nationwide Park Service in Hawaii, he mentioned.
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Dana Perkins mentioned there are nonetheless many individuals within the pictures remaining to be recognized and it’s the hope of Dana and his sister, Alice Smith, that individuals in North Dakota will acknowledge their father, grandfather, uncle, mom, grandmother, aunt, or another pal or relative within the pictures.
The pictures will be seen on-line at: www.WW2PacificVeteransProject.org
Anybody recognizing people within the pictures are requested to contact Dana Perkins and Alice Smith by means of the World Struggle II Pacific Veterans Undertaking web site, or by writing them at: World Struggle 2 Pacific Veterans Undertaking, PO Field 789, Biddeford, ME 04005.
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