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Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

USS Dale (DD 353) and Monaghan (DD 354) emerge from smoke during fleet exercises off San Diego. (US Navy photograph) Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

 

 

Farragut-class destroyers in fleet exercises off San Diego filmed by Movie Tone News in 1935. From left USS Alwyn (DD 355), Monaghan (DD 354) and Dale (DD 353). (US Navy photograph)

Farragut-class destroyers in fleet exercises off San Diego filmed by Movie Tone News in 1935. From left USS Alwyn (DD 355), Monaghan (DD 354) and Dale (DD 353). (US Navy photograph) Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

 

Bill Walker, Stan Massey and George Ogle (left to right) 'hit the beach' on Hotel Street in Honolulu. 'Those of us who had been on the Dale for a while walked with a swagger the new guys just couldn't step into right away' (Earl Pearson collection)

Bill Walker, Stan Massey and George Ogle (left to right) “hit the beach” on Hotel Street in Honolulu. “Those of us who had been on the Dale for a while walked with a swagger the new guys just couldn’t step into right away” (Earl Pearson collection) Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

 

USS Wasp (CV-7) torpedoed and sunk in Torpedo Alley off Guadalcanal on 15 September 1942 by Japanese submarine I-19. (US Navy photo)

USS Wasp (CV-7) torpedoed and sunk in Torpedo Alley off Guadalcanal on 15 September 1942 by Japanese submarine I-19. (US Navy photo) Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

 

Earl 'Jitterbug' Pearson and Herman Toscano celebrate the end of the war by having their photograph taken with a Hotel Street hostess.

Earl “Jitterbug” Pearson and Herman Toscano celebrate the end of the war by having their photograph taken with a Hotel Street hostess. Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

 

Swimmers enjoy the waters of Palikula Bay, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides during the 1942 campaign for Guadalcanal.   USS Dale was the first destroyer to visit this island, and her sailors were  among those modeled by James Michener for his Tales of the South Pacific.

Swimmers enjoy the waters of Palikula Bay, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides during the 1942 campaign for Guadalcanal. USS Dale was the first destroyer to visit this island, and her sailors were among those modeled by James Michener for his Tales of the South Pacific. Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

 

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Unidentified Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

Unidentified Dale ‘pollywog’ kisses the Royal Baby’s belly on his way to becoming a true ‘shellback.’ Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

World War I vintage 'four stacker' destroyer USS Pruitt (DM 22) leads landing craft to fog-shrouded invasion beaches of Attu on 11 May 1943.  (US Navy photograph)

World War I vintage “four stacker” destroyer USS Pruitt (DM 22) leads landing craft to fog-shrouded invasion beaches of Attu on 11 May 1943. (US Navy photograph) Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

 

Mog Mog, a tiny island of Ulithi Atoll, became known as 'Beer Island' for tens of thousands of enlisted men who would drink over 7.6 million cans of beer and soft drinks on its sandy beaches. (US Navy photograph)

Mog Mog, a tiny island of Ulithi Atoll, became known as “Beer Island” for tens of thousands of enlisted men who would drink over 7.6 million cans of beer and soft drinks on its sandy beaches. (US Navy photograph) Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

 

Task Force 58 carriers, battleships, cruisers and destroyers at rest at Majuro Atoll after raids throughout the Central Pacific in February 1944.  (US Navy photograph)

Task Force 58 carriers, battleships, cruisers and destroyers at rest at Majuro Atoll after raids throughout the Central Pacific in February 1944. (US Navy photograph) Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

 

USS Ward (APD 16) hit and sunk by a kamikaze at Leyte on 7 December 1944, exactly three years after she had fired the first shot of the Pacific War while on patrol off Pearl Harbor.  (US Navy photo)

USS Ward (APD 16) hit and sunk by a kamikaze at Leyte on 7 December 1944, exactly three years after she had fired the first shot of the Pacific War while on patrol off Pearl Harbor. (US Navy photo) Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

 

Kamikaze shot down near Okinawa on 14 May 1945, as seen from the USS Randolph (CV 15).  (US Navy photo)

Kamikaze shot down near Okinawa on 14 May 1945, as seen from the USS Randolph (CV 15). (US Navy photo) Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson

 

Captured Japanese photograph of attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941.  Looking from west to east across Ford Field.  Note explosion from airplane departing over battleship row.  (US Navy photo)

Captured Japanese photograph of attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941. Looking from west to east across Ford Field. Note explosion from airplane departing over battleship row. (US Navy photo) Tales from a Tin Can by Michael Olson