Electrician's Mate 3rd Class John W. Parmer, U.S.N. Collection
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A native woman and her children bathing.

Native women and children at a bath facility.

Native women at a bath facility.

Native children with a basket os seaweed. They use it in lieu of our type of tea.

One horse "Gook" cart and natives. This is as far as their transportation facilities have developed.

Entrance to Ishikawa, a native village near Chimu Wan. It has a grand population of 16,000.

The Ishikawa ration board: American influence, no doubt.

Street scene in the village showing native kids trying to avoid the camera.

Notice the living conditions behind this lady at her bath.

Another gal drawing water from a well. Their water supply isn't exactly like that in the States.
(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