John Ridgely Iii And Lillian Ketcham Ridgely

Date:
1943
Creator:
Bradford Bachrach

This photograph shows John Ridgely III (1911-1990) and his wife Lillian Ketcham Ridgely (1908-1996); both served their country during World War II. John served overseas in the Pacific theater in the Army Air Corps. Lil, serving as a nurse, was commissioned a lieutenant in the Women’s Army Corps. This photograph of the couple in uniform together was taken in the studios of the country’s leading portrait photographers, originally founded in Baltimore in 1868 by David Bachrach (1845-1921).

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. H: 27.8, W: 21.5.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP 34414
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Military Patch

Date:
1942-1945

On November 8, 1942, Eisenhower commanded Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa. Since the American military operations were taking place in a region with strong Islamic culture, the U.S. Army’s North African Theater of Operations shoulder patch featured a Moorish arch design.

Description (physical):

Paper. H 7.6, W 6.3 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 11265
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Launching Of The S.s. Francis Preston Blair

Date:
January 3, 1943

From high in the air, this unusual view shows the launching of the S.S. Francis Preston Blair at the Marinship yard in Sausalito, California, shortly after noon on Sunday, January 3, 1943. The 10,500-ton Liberrty ship was named for a famous pre-Civil War journalist and political figure, and was christened by Mrs. Robert Digges, wife of Marinship's administrative manager. It was the eighth cargo vessel to be launched from the yard since its inception in March 1942.

Description (physical):

H: 10 1/8", W: 8"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0001.0046
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

Nazi Rally At Bückeberg

Date:
September 30, 1934

Adolph Hitler walks between Joseph Goebbels, Richard Walther Darré, and Werner von Blomberg, among others at this boisterous Nazi Party rally in Bückeberg.

Description (physical):

H: 14", W: 17"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0001.0045
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

The Great Sea War

Date:
1960
Creator:
E.B. Potter
Publisher/Studio:
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall

Brief history of the US Navy in World War II.

Description (physical):

Hardback

Location:
301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Identifier:
D770.P6, LCCN: 60-53441
Institution:
USS Constellation Museum

Comrades In Arms

Date:
1995
Creator:
W.A. Williams
Publisher/Studio:
San Angelo, TX: Anchor Publishing

Details the war careers of several teenagers during World War II.

Description (physical):

Paperback

Location:
301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Identifier:
D773.W44, LCCN: 95-090963
Institution:
USS Constellation Museum

Uss Constellation-crew Aloft-newport-1943

Date:
8/23/1943
Creator:
Unknown

Photograph showing a 3/4 port bow view of USS Constellation on 8/26/1943. Ship is painted entirely black. Crew is lining yardarms and bowsprit. Officers visible forward. "U.S.S. Constellation" written across bottom. Reverse: In manuscript, top left, "John Robert Walder S 2/c/Signed aboard,/United States Frigate Constellation/August 26, 1943" . Below that, "This is my ship and although she is the/olded commissioned fighting ship in the world/having been launched in 1797 I'm as proud/of her as though she were the newest vessel/afloat. Her record is unparalleled by no/other ship in the world and after 146 years/she is still taking part in the defense of her/country in this the greatest conflict of all times."

Description (physical):

8x10

Location:
301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Identifier:
RP1.26
Institution:
USS Constellation Museum

Kate Smith & Lt.cdr. John Davis-uss Constellation-1943

Date:
1943
Creator:
Unknown

Color Copy of photograph showing Kate Smith aboard USS Constellation talking with Lt. Cdr. John Davis. In the background, Chief Petty Officer Thomas F. Grady and Ted Collins are visible. Smith and Davis are standing by the port side mizzen shrouds. Photograph is looking aft. 1943.

Description (physical):

8x10

Location:
301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Identifier:
PRG4-2.49
Institution:
USS Constellation Museum

Thomas F. Grady-uss Constellation-1940s

Date:
1940-1945
Creator:
Unknown

Color copy of photograph showing Chief Petty Officer Thomas F. Grady standing at the helm of USS Constellation during World War II. He is standing to the starboard side.

Location:
301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Identifier:
PRG4-2.48
Institution:
USS Constellation Museum

Italian Helmet

Date:
c. 1940

World War II Italian soldier’s helmet, size 61. Worn by Torino Ingagleiese during World War II. At the beginning of the war Italy was on the Fascist side and troops under Mussolini fought together with the Germans against the Allies in Africa and Sicily. In 1943 Italy switched sides and joined the Allies. Mussolini was placed under arrest, and a new government emerged. Although a few months later German paratroopers rescued Mussolini, he was killed April 28, 1945 by an angry group of Italian partisans. In September 1943, Allied forces in the Mediterranean Theater, still under General Eisenhower’s command, made landings on the Italian mainland at Salerno and Taranto. The campaigns in Italy were some of the most costly of the war.

Description (physical):

Steel, leather. L 27.7, W 24.2, H 15.6 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 12214
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site