Electrician's Mate 3rd Class John W. Parmer, U.S.N. Collection
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Entrance to the "Temple of the Cave".

Entrance to the "Temple of the Cave".

The ruins of a Christian church at Shuri.

Another view of the Shuri church ruins.

Ruins of a Christian church at Naha.

Long distance shot of Naha, which at a glance shows the terrible pounding it took during the fighting.

What was left of a railway station in September of 1945.

Remains of Okinawan village south of Hana named Uibaru.

A Baka Bomb found intact at Yontan in April 1945.
Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka "Cherry Blossom" named Baka by the Allies. This was a human guided (Kamikaze) rocket designed to operate against shipping.

An Okinawan washing and bathing place, including good scenery. Typical of the island.
(All photos by Lt. Stewart P. Robinson, U.S.N.)
Courtesy of John W. Parmer, U.S.N.

MaritimeQuest is grateful to John for making this never before published collection available for digital preservation and publication. It adds a valuable insight to what it was like in the final days of the war in the Pacific. John W. Parmer served in the U.S. Navy from Dec. 4, 1944 until Feb. 9, 1946 in U.S. Naval Construction Battalions (Seebees) 24th NBC, 27th NBC and USN CBMU 630 Maintenance unit.

The majority of the photos in this collection were taken by Lt. Stewart P. Robinson, the unit chaplin, and were given to John. It is not known what became of Lt. Robinson after the war.

The majority of the photos were taken at and around Okinawa and is presented in the order of the caption list provided by John, there has been no attempt to put them in chronological order. Additional notes appear in yellow text below the photos.

John has written about his experiences and has allowed MaritimeQuest to make this available to the public in PDF format. Download it here: John's War Years.

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Page published July 26, 2012