Ride back to the USS Rigel!

Charlie’s divers enjoying a ride back to the Rigel!

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Soldiers/Sailors Dreaming – Distance to home!

Nostalgia for local troops & sailors in Solomon Islands – home was not far away!

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Admiral Ghormley suddenly in Auckland May 1942

Admiral Ghormley arrives to fanfare in Auckland, New Zealand, 22 May 1942. His flagship was the USS Rigel...

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Charlie’s 1st Action – Pearl Harbor

Charlie survives the Pearl Harbor attack, only to nearly drown diving for rescue on the USS California.

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Charlie & Divers – Jungle rifle ready

Charlie rests with Divers, rifle ready.

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Charlie takes a Hollywood shot

Charlie tells Mattie on back of photo that this is a “Hollywood” shot!

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Mattie at Hair Salon, but dreaming of Charlie

Mattie doing superb work at Hair Salon, but dreaming and worrying for Charlie.

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Charlie knee-deep in Solomon Culture

Charlie makes a friend with smokes and chocolates – experiencing local Solomon Island Culture!

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Mattie meets Charlie – Auckland 1942

Yep, it is Magic – Mattie & Charlie meet, but soon he is a Warrant Officer!

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Jeep equals a Date

You want a date?  Get a Jeep… guaranteed!

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USS Rigel – Big ship, Big Duty

The USS Rigel – kept the fleet in shape to win!

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Mattie painted by Lynette

Only a daughter could put oils to canvas and capture her mother, Mattie

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Charlie promoted to Warrant Officer in Auckland

Mattie proud of Charlie at Warrant Officer Ball in Auckland

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Charlie’s Divers with empty Buna Coconut Grove cocktails!

Charlie & divers only encounter empty cocktails at Coconut Grove Bar in Buna

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Charlie’s Divers on one Buna beach day

Only one day to relax on a Buna beach for Charlie and his divers.

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Roxy tempting Charlie in Hawaii

Beautiful Roxy in a grass skirt with pineapples and more to tempt her Charlie

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Charlie & Divers Complete repairs USS Minneapolis at Tulagi

A new log bow is fabricated for the USS Minneapolis at Tulagi – Charlie now on the way back south to...

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Charlie & Divers on USS Minneapolis at Tulagi

Charlie & his Divers inspect torpedo damage on USS Minneapolis at Tulagi

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Ironbottom Sound… the graveyard

Ironbottom Sound, between Guadalcanal and Tulagi… the deadly “Slot”

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Actual Charlie letter

Charlie offers his heart to Mattie…

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Lynette re-creating Dora

Lynette hard at work on re-creation of Dora

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Charlie, Doc, and Vic pose in New Guinea jungle

Charlie on a mission, ready for action in New Guinea jungle

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Charlie & his Divers at Guadalcanal

“Losing Roxy” – Charlie and his divers in Guadalcanal.

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