FEEDING MARINE ANTI-CRAFT GUN——RENDOVA ISLAND-
Ramming a shell home on the Marine long range a.a. guns are (left to right) Pfc. Evan Evans, 22, Richmond Indiana; Pvt. Roy E. Boone…Indianapolis, Indiana; and Pfc. John S. Gembarowski, 20, …Saginaw, Michigan. This is one of the a.a. guns which wiped out a Jap bomber fleet of 12 planes in a single day at Rendova Island.
Fifty years later, a Marine gunner searching for a photo of a old 90mm antiaircraft gun gets a special bonus:
Sometimes our archivists look for one document and find a little something extra! When archivist Alan Walker tried to track down a photograph of a 90mm antiaircraft gun for a World War II veteran, he couldn’t find one.
"I spent half the day trying to track down a decent shot of the antiaircraft gun Mr. Evans requested, and I came up empty. Then I read through his letter again. He and his gun crew set a record for downing 12 Japanese bombers over Rendova? Maybe they had been photographed after their feat; the military services are always on the lookout for a good story to tell the folks back home.
So I checked out series 127-GW, under the heading Rendova … and what do you know?”
There was the gun, and Mr. Evans, aged 22!
Mr. Evans was on the far left, behind the gun, and next to him were P Pvt. Roy E. Boone and Pfc. John S.Gembarowski.
Read the original request letter and the full story here: http://go.usa.gov/BByx