Electrician's Mate 3rd Class John W. Parmer, U.S.N. Collection
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Two native ladies pose for the camera.

See the kids behind the fence post? They're all camera shy.

Another example of living conditions in the village.

Natives laundering in a stream. A good example of terraced rice paddies seen in the background.

Notice how this woman carries her child.

Natives returning from the fields fully loaded. At the right the little girl is carrying her baby brother.

Working parties returning from working for the Americans; including the days salvage--or loot.

What a squash, it weighed about 30 pounds.

What was left of two tents burned up from an exploded lantern, Batin Ko.

Scattered belongings after typhoon.
(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