Electrician's Mate 3rd Class John W. Parmer, U.S.N. Collection
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University at Naha.

C. B. built road to installations and supply depots.

Okinawa landscape.

Hand made boat.

A house on Mog Mog.

Mt. Fuji.

A memorial to Commodore Matthew C. Perry on Okinawa.
I have not been able to ascertain exactly what the memorial is for.

Japanese PoW camp at Ishikawa.

Japanese PoW camp at Ishikawa.

A Korean girl who had been used by the Japanese as a geisha or house girl.
The term "comfort women" was used by the Japanese as a euphimism for sex slave. Many thousands of women, young and old, were forced to be prostitutes by the Japanese forces in every area they occupied. Many thousands of other women and girls were raped by the Japanese forces, a crime not generally acknowleged by the Japanese government.
(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