American soldier standing on a dock with his supplies in the South Pacific

Gift of the Scanlan Family

Photograph. A smiling soldier standing on a dock with his sea bag and a guitar. Caption on reverse: "3146. From: Public Relations Division / U.S. Coast Guard / Washington, D.C. / Official United States Coast Guard Photo. AMERICAN MINSTREL IN THE PACIFIC. The minstrel boy to the wars has gone --- Somewhere in the South Pacific a U.S. soldier prepares to board a Coast Guard manned combat transport heading for the front. On his back his rifle and guitar, on his lips a grin." Location unknown. No date

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Items from the service of John J. Scanlan Jr., who served in the United States Coast Guard. Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, Scanlan worked for a newspaper prior to joining the Coast Guard. During the war, he acquired photographs published by the Public Relations Division of the United States Coast Guard. The collection consists of photographs from most of the theaters of operations and depict life in the field and aboard a ship for Coast Guardsmen and Marines. Also included is a satirical piece of military correspondence. See collection 2012.321 for more items from the collection subject.
Pacific Islands
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