Electrician's Mate 3rd Class John W. Parmer, U.S.N. Collection
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This series of four photos show a Japanese warship arriving at Naha harbor with orders to to repatriate Korean civilians to their homeland.

A U.S. flagged tug seen alongside the Japanese warship.

Another view of the Japanese warship.

At this time there were only Japanese on board, you can tell from this photo their reaction to the Americans.

Natives checking each other for lice.

Sugar beet harvest.

Native gent barefoot with beard.

Natives washing in stream.

Terraced hillside.

A terraced hillside.
(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