WWII in Color: U.S. Navy Seabee in the Pacific Theater of Operations in 1945


 

The lush greens and vibrant reds of the jungles of the Philippines are represented in typical WWII photography as dull grays, whites and blacks.  In this case, a WWII U.S. Navy seabee shot 35mm Kodachrome in an attempt to document his surrounding environment for posterity.  Although the non-martial content of the slides may be boring to some, it is an incredibly rare glimpse into the everyday life of the seabee during WWII.

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Korean War Original Kodachrome Color Slide Photo – Below Deck on the USS Philippine Sea


We’ve all seen shots of aircraft carrier decks, festooned with waving lights, landing planes, crewmen and the excitement of an aircraft launch, but how often do we get to see below deck?  In this rare color slide we get a colorful glimpse into the underbelly of the beast, complete with oil drums, fork lift, and extra propellers.  This color slide is from a set of shots taken by a crew member on board the USS Philippine Sea during while the VF-114 “Executioners”, a Corsair unit, was flying missions over Korea in 1950/51.  For other shots from this set, make sure to search for VF-114 in the search menu.