Captain Dixie Kiefer addressing sailors from a stretcher, PTO, 1945


Photograph. Captain Dixie Kiefer, U.S. Navy Commander, using a microphone to address his ship's sailors from a stretcher. Official Caption: "Rome, 6/6/45--U.S. Navy Commander addresses men from stretcher--Capt. Dixie Kiefer, Commander Officer of an Essex-class aircraft carrier, although suffering from 65 shrapnel wounds sustained during a battle with the Japanese off Formosa, gives a farewell talk to the ship's complement from the stretcher in which he was transferred to a hospital ship.--FN Photo--Serviced by Rome OWI (A list out.) Approved by appropriate military authority. 6591." PTO. 6 June 1945

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Items from the service of Isaac "Ike" Bethel Utley, who was born in Smith Mills, Kentucky on 3 March 1920. Ike enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 19 January 1942. He was shipped overseas to the European Theatre and worked with a supply division based out of the city of Naples with an office set up in a residential villa. Utley worked with the Office of War Information and used their photographs in news articles to inform soldiers of the progress of the war. At war's end, Utley returned stateside. A trunk full of over 800 photographs from the O.W.I. arrived on his doorstep from his office in Italy, sender unknown. This collection consists of those photographs.
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Military officers--American
Public speaking
Ship captains--American