The Navy’s Neptune Party
As a morale boost, a ship will celebrate a sailor’s first trip across the equator with a Neptune Party also known as a Line Crossing Ceremony. At the party crew will dress up in silly costumes and it often includes some head shaving.
Sailors who had heads clipped in bizarre designs during Neptune party aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-3)., 02/1944
Have you ever participated in a Line Crossing Ceremony?
Photograph of Marines on Training Maneuvers, 02/13/1944
The Marine Corps perfected the over-the-beach assault during the island-hopping campaigns of World War II. The Marines honed their skills through many practice landings like the one shown in this February 13, 1944, photograph.
Happy 95th Birthday, Rita Hayworth!
The actress and dancer was born Margarita Carmen Cansino to show business parents on October 17, 1918.
"Harvesting bumper crop for Uncle Sam. Movie star Rita Hayworth sacrificed her bumpers for the duration. Besides setting an example by turning in unessential metal car parts, Miss Hayworth has been active in selling war bonds." 1942
From the series: Photographs of Notable Personalities, 1942 - 1945 from the Records of the Office of War Information
Normandy Invasion, 1944
From the Moving Images Relating to Coast Guard Activities series.
See our past D-Day posts, including Eisenhower’s Order of the Day, and his hastily drafted “in case of failure" note, and a detailed sketch of a typical Platoon Leader in full battle dress.
The Battle of Bismarck Sea, March 2, 1943
Japanese attempts to check Allied advances in New Guinea during World War II were frustrated when their convoy of reinforcements was intercepted and destroyed by coordinated air assaults by American and Australian forces.
From: APPOINTMENT IN TOKYO
On Wednesday, February 27, at noon, author Eric L. Muller will discuss his book “Colors of Confinement.”
This program will also be streamed live over the National Archives UStream channel.
In 1942, Bill Manbo and his family were forced from their Hollywood home into an internment camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Using Kodachrome film, Manbo captured community celebrations and recorded his family’s struggle to maintain a normal life. Eric L. Muller uses these photos to describe Japanese American life in the camps.
The program will be held in the McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The program is FREE. A book signing will follow the program.
Two bewildered old ladies stand amid the leveled ruins of the almshouse which was Home; until Jerry dropped his bombs. Total war knows no bounds. Almshouse bombed February 10, Newbury, Berkshire, England. 02/11/1943
From the series: Signal Corps Photographs of American Military Activity
On January 26, 1945, 2nd Lieutenant Audie Murphy climbed atop a burning tank destroyer and held 2 companies of German infantry and 6 tanks at bay, with only a mounted machine gun and field telephone to direct artillery fire, until a counter attack could be mounted. This is just one of several narratives describing his actions which earned him the Medal of Honor.
Just six months earlier then-Sergeant Murphy had earned the Distinguished Service Cross.
"THIS IS NOT A DRILL"
At 7:55 a.m. December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers and torpedo planes attacked the U.S. Pacific fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, catapulting the United States into World War II. In less than 2 hours, the U.S. Pacific Fleet was devastated, and more than 3,500 Americans were either killed or wounded.
"Five Sullivan Brothers - They Did Their Part"
The five Sullivan brothers (Albert, Francis, George, Joseph, and Madison) served together as shipmates aboard the cruiser USS Juneau after requesting special permission from the Secretary of the Navy. The Juneau was sunk on November 13, 1942, off the island of Guadalcanal by Japanese submarine I-26.