My father served in the U.S. Naval Armed Guard in World War II. The Armed Guard was considered to be the second most hazardous assignment in World War II, after the Marines. The photo below shows my father performing one of the less hazardous parts of his duty while aboard the S.S. Daniel Drake while the ship was near Archangel, Russia.
Frank Danko aboard the S.S. Daniel Drake
SOURCE: Frank Danko aboard the S.S. Daniel Drake (near Archangel, Russia). Photographed by unknown photographer in the winter of approximately 1943-1944.
While my father was serving in the military, my mother was living in Worcester, Massachusetts. The photograph below shows her with three of her friends. My mother is the girl in the upper left. Her best friend, Peggy O’Leary, is the girl in the upper right. I don’t know the identity of the other two girls.
Jane Niedzialkowski, Peggy O’Leary, and Friends
SOURCE: Jane Niedzialkowksi, Peggy O’Leary, and Friends (Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts). Photographed by unknown photographer in winter, early 1940s.
Written for the 64th Carnival of Genealogy – A Winter Photo Essay.
Copyright © 2009 by Stephen J. Danko