From the Archives: Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day is approaching soon, and our book “At War, At Home: World War II” is on the press, so I thought I’d give you a sneak peak of the amazing photos our staff took, both here and “over there”. There’s also a photo showcase with even more amazing pictures.

Above is the Pulitzer Prize winning photo “The Homecoming” taken by Earle “Buddy” Bunker. In this heartwarming photo, Lt. Col. Robert Moore hugs his 7 year old daughter, Nancy, while his wife Dorothy and young nephew, Michael Croxdale look on. This was taken in Villisca, IA on July 15, 1943.

Below is a photo of Buddy Bunker, taken in 1943.

We had two war correspondents who brought back scrapbooks full of wonderful photos and the stories to go with them.

This Lawrence Youngman photo was taken in 1946 while he was in Europe. Capt. L.D. Asher of  Scottsbluff, commander of the 134th Infantry’s cannon company watches his men as they load propaganda leaflets into 105mm shells.

Bill Billotte was our correspondent in the Pacific theater. I thought this photo of his was rather humorous. The caption read “His whiskers the pride of the Bennion.” MM3c Harold Hirskind of Omaha (left) and S1c James Wheeldon of Lewiston, NE (right) admire the beard of CWT Jerome Hinds of Fairbury, NE.

Did you know there were such things as killer swans? There are, according to Lawrence Youngman’s photo below!

From a safe distance, Sgt.  Albert Young, York, dares a “man killer” swan to come after him. The swan, on the lake of an English estate, reputedly had killed a boy. That’s the actual caption!

Aren’t these two adorable? Youngman snapped a shot of Eleanor, left, and Eloise Lette of Lincoln. The twins worked at the same Army hospital in London.

This is one of my favorite pictures from Billotte’s scrapbook. Lt. Bill Mullen has his gun oh so casually laid across his lap while he shares a two month old newspaper with Rev. Woodrow J. Elias. I wonder if any of our readers enjoy their Sunday World-Herald that way?

And finishing with a happy ending…

When the war began, customers at the Hanscom Inn left their ties at the tavern. Over the months 190 men left their ties there. Here nine of the men returned at the same time to reclaim their ties. No one who left a tie was killed.

Jolene McHugh

About Jolene McHugh

I was a graphic artist prior to coming to the Omaha World-Herald in 2007, and now I’m a photo imaging specialist, which means I prepare photos to print properly in the newspaper. I also have the incredibly fun task of restoring old photographs from our massive library. My favorite part of my job is getting lost in the history and stories behind the photographs. Many of the archive photos have little or no information attached, so I need to properly date and identify the people and places in them. Researching the stories is a bit like being on a historical scavenger hunt. The largest challenge I face is restoring photos we run in our books. Our newest book, “At War, At Home: The Cold War” is filled with hundreds of old photographs, and most of them small and in poor condition. I live in Omaha with my husband, one of my daughters and three very furry Maine Coon cats.
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