Hi Jim. So sorry it took me so long to answer. I received your message when I was at my brother's home for three weeks. I coud read the messages, but not answer them (you know how those cookies work). Anyway, I made a hard copy of your message, but it became lost in the shuffle from there to back home.
Do you know if Jack "Red" was at 3149 Guiuan toward the end of the war? My dad was there from about Oct, 1945 to Jan, 1946. He was one of the ones who had to help dispose of all American supplies (from coca-cola bottles up to Jeeps and tanks) by disassembling some of the things and then "throwing" them in the ocean.
I have pictures, but most are small and it is hard to make out exact features on the faces. But I do know that the "Red" that was there was fairly short and had curly hair.
Is he still living? If so you might can ask him about some of the names I mentioned including my dad (F. P. "Buster" Thomas). My dad also did not say much about his war service. I guess that was partly my fault. We certainly looked at the album of pictures often enough for me to have asked some questions. Some things he would volunteer (as going to the cock fights), but for the most part, he might say something like "This was so-and-so" or "Here we are making hula bras and skirts from parachute string".
If he is not alive, does anyone in the family remember any names he might have mentioned, the time he was there, or things that might have been done for recreation??
I do have pictures of the "base" and some similiar things that I had made for a person who asked for some here, but she never did get back to me. 2 of this are actually one picture of the "base" taken from a high spot (maybe a low flying plane??).If you would like them, I can send them to you for the price I paid or if we do connect on time and place, maybe we can exchange.I have a small picture that is entitled "Storekeeper". Now it is small enough that I don't know if my dad is "being" the storekeeper or if he is getting something from the storekeeper or if it was just a posed picture.
Anyway if you'd be interested in exchanging some possible stories or some pictures (if indeed this "Red" is the "Red" in my dad's album, I'd be very interested in corresponding.
Check around and see what you can find out and get back to me. Again I apologize for the length of time it took me to get back to you. Thanks Sue