ALBUM OF ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS & EPHEMERA, COMPILED BY THIS US NAVY SEAMAN FIRST CLASS AND SHIP'S COOK DURING WORLD WAR II
by Waltos, Roger J.
1945. Original photograph album. Leatherette. Very Good. This album was put together by Roger J. Waltos, a young Torrington, CT, man who served in the navy during WWII during 1944 and 1945, most of it in the Asiatic Pacific theater, including a long stint on the battle cruiser "USS Guam." The album documents his naval experience and is filled with photographs and ephemeral items that relate to his time on the "Guam", in Panama, in Honolulu, in Norfolk, and even at home in Torrington, during those years. The album, bound in pictorial blue leatherette over padded boards, contains 48 pages full of mounted photographs and ephemera, along with some loose items, interleaved with protective sheets, and is signed on the cover by Waltos. 7.75" x 10.75" Items in Seaman Waltos's album include news clippings (most from the Torrington Register and other local papers), not only concerning Waltos and his brother Howard (also in the navy) and concerning the role of the USS "Guam" in battles, but also war poetry clippings, magazine cartoons, etc. There are several professional photographs of various sizes, notably of Waltos in uniform, sometimes with a uniformed buddy or two. Also present are many small (ca. 2" x 3 ½") photos with printed labels, including 14 of Norfolk, Virginia, where Waltos was first stationed, and 20 views of Panama, including Colon, the Canal Zone, and Panama city. There are also a number of postcards, some color, some b/w real-photos, including a few in Japanese showing Japanese sights, and several depicting Torrington landmarks, and at least one has Waltos's written message on the verso (a postcard from Panama). Also seen are many snapshots, including some of sights and seamen aboard the "Guam"; sights when Waltos was on "R & R" in Honolulu (including scenes of native huts, hula dancers, beaches, public buildings, native fishermen, surfers, "The Crossroads of the Pacific", etc.); and even a series of Connecticut winter shots of skiers and snowy scenes. ~~ Epehemeral items in the Waltos album include a small eagle patch; a Cuban beer bottle label("Cerveza Hatuey"); a map of the USS Guam's route to and from the Far East, Hawaii, andPanama; and two "Souvenir of Cuba" embroidered napkins/handkerchiefs. More personalare Waltos's Connecticut State Guard card (Co. H, 3 rd Bn. 1 st , M.D.); his ServiceDecoration Authorization (he was ultimately allowed to wear a battle ribbon with threestars, a Philippine Liberation ribbon with star, an American Theater ribbon and a Victoryribbon); and his "Order of the Golden Dragon" card, issued March 6, 1945, when theUSS Guam first entered "our domain" by crossing the 180-degree longitude line, and thecard is signed by Leland P. Lovette, later Vice-Admiral. ~~ Roger J. Waltos was the son of Torrington's Charles Waltos, and started his naval service in May, 1944, as a seaman 2c-as a ship's cook-working his way up to Seaman 1c. News clips in his album trace not only his naval career, including about six months in combat. ~~ The USS Guam was a battle cruiser, one of two of America's version of a "pocket battleship," which carried 12-inch-barrel guns and covered patrolled from Okinawa to the fringes of Japan's Inland Sea. She protected the carriers in her escort during the Okinawa invasion, and later led a task force into Jimsen, Korea, helping to liberate Korea from the Japanese. After that, she was used to carry Pacific theater veterans back to the U.S. She and her crew also served in the Panama Canal Zone between September, 1944 and December, 1945.
(Inventory #: 038229)
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