The families of the returning POW’s waving and greeting the USS General Nelson M. Walker as it docks at Fort Mason, California on August 23, 1953. The ship carried the first group of 328 returning POWs home from Korea.
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On an overcast day in March 1973, Associated Press photographer Slava “Sal” Veder captured an image of a POW being greeted by his family. The image, which became the quintessential homecoming photograph of the Vietnam Era, was aptly titled “Burst of Joy.” The photograph was sent around the country, running in countless newspapers. It also […]
72 years ago today, Darrel “Happy” Neil of the 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, wrote home. Born in 1922 in Mulberry, Kansas, Neil, at the age of 20, married Wilma Harvey. Four months later, he was shipped overseas. May 23, 1944 Dear Mom & Dad, I have some spare time so I will drop […]
Nanci Edwards, a Smithsonian Project Manager, shared a letter from her great-great uncle Vidal Thom that he wrote on Thanksgiving to his brother (Edwards’ great-great grandfather) William “Willie” Thom. Vidal Thom was only 19-years-old when he enlisted with the Union army on Christmas Day, 1861 in Nashua, New Hampshire. In this Thanksgiving letter* from Vidal to […]
While the actual title – Labor Day Queen – is not all that ‘odd’ but, rather, the setting of the contest is quite interesting. Held on the Tule Lake Relocation Center in Newell, California, the Labor Day Queen contest was held for the Japanese-American internees on September 7, 1942. Tule Lake Relocation Center opened on […]