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#51 Ivydiv

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 03:21 PM

Also match box is WWI



#52 manayunkman

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 03:36 PM

A great group, congrats.

I enjoyed looking at it.

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 04:45 PM

Thanks!  I think it might be parts of two groups. I havent been able to match up some of the items to the main guy, anything pre-1902 I havent been able to attribute to him so far. I can find no record of him in the Navy before then and not sure why he has a Spanish American War Medal as he was on the USS Constitution in 1902. The group cabinet card is from Hong Kong and Tintype seem to be before then and the KIA cabinet card is dated 1898. I also could find no record on him on the USS Iowa. There is a news article for a Comdr. Gaston D Johnstone "Who fired first shots at Manila Day , Dies"  where it says he is his Brother In Law. So they might be for him, I havent researched him yet.



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Posted 19 December 2019 - 04:50 PM

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 05:32 PM

Looking at the 2nd photo album I am 99% sure that it is of the USS Raleigh the ship that Johnstone was on during the Spanish American War which makes more sense with the older photos and medal. So most of the pre 1900 is actually for Johnstone and possibly his father who was also in the Navy. The post 1900 stuff maybe a mix of Gardner and Johnstone. Flag TBD


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#56 Pip

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 05:50 PM

Better side view of  Raleigh

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Posted 21 December 2019 - 10:10 PM

Fantastic group, but that news article that the first shot of the Battle of Manila Bay being fired by Raleigh is a good example of bad reporting.  The very first shot fired at the Battle of Manila Bay on May 1, 1898, on the famous orders of Commodore Dewey to Captain Gridley, commanding the U.S. Flag Ship (USFS) Olympia of the Asiatic Fleet, were fired by Olympia's #1(forward)  Main Battery 8 inch starboard guns.   Specifically, Gridley's order was directed to the forward turret captain, who was literally standing  on top of the turret during the entire battle (he was knocked down several times by the concussions), and who gave the firing order to Olympia's starboard gun captain who executed the order, thereby firing the first shot of the first major battle of the Spanish American War, which is generally regarded by historians as the point when the US gained global super power status.   Pretty historic event and gunshot.

 

From Admiral Dewey's autobiography-

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Posted 21 December 2019 - 10:18 PM

Commodore George Dewey standing on the bridge just behind #1 forward main battery, USFS Olympia, during the Battle of Manila Bay.  Captain Gridley is on the conning tower behind him.

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 05:01 PM

That is a great painting !



#60 Flightpath

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 05:38 AM

What a great group (or groups if the earlier photos and items were from his brother in law).
I found it interesting that these old photos show the crew barefoot!
Cheers and Merry Christmas!

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 08:43 AM

I thought the same thing! I was wondering why no one but officers seemed to wear shoes. 



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Posted 26 December 2019 - 12:55 PM

I thought the same thing! I was wondering why no one but officers seemed to wear shoes. 

. Leather soles tended to not get traction on wet wooden decks. Enlisted Sailors trained regular barefoot.

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Posted 26 December 2019 - 03:53 PM

By god that fellow had been there, done that, and didnt need the damn Tshirt!

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Posted 29 December 2019 - 01:05 PM

Is Gardner, Jr. wearing a Silver Star with gold star?    I couldn't find any record from Home of Heroes, or anything else online.

 

 

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Posted 29 December 2019 - 04:06 PM

Is Gardner, Jr. wearing a Silver Star with gold star?    I couldn't find any record from Home of Heroes, or anything else online.

 

 

 

Sure looks like it.



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Posted 12 January 2020 - 06:14 AM

This one says 

 

Charles Francis Hill

 

Died August 4th or 11th and I think 1898

 

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Is this a postmortem I wonder?


Edited by KRIS FORD, 12 January 2020 - 06:15 AM.



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