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World War ll US Navy sailors in NYC ~ this is what my husband was wearing when I first met him!


Diary of a sailor who retrieved bodies of Titanic victims from the ocean. Fine weather started to pick up bodies at six a.m. and continued all day till five thirty P.M. Recovered fifty one bodies, forty six men four women and one baby. Burried twenty four men at sea at eight fifteen P.M. Rev Canon Hinds in attendance also Ships Company. Bodies in good state but badly bruised by being knocked about in the water.


Don't read history — make it! College students were encourage to enlist, as well. Here a sailor tells a young man in a suit, “Don’t read American history — make it!” Poster by: James Montgomery Flagg ; The H.C. Miner Litho. Co. N.Y. 1917.


His identity has been lost in time, but he was a sailor who served on the USS Constellation, probably during the Civil War. The Constellation spent much of the war as a deterrent to Confederate cruisers and commerce raiders in the Mediterranean Sea. It's the last sail-only warship designed and built by the US Navy.


Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky; Feb 14, 1894 – Dec 26, 1974) left show business briefly in 1917 to join US Navy during World War I, and he often entertained troops with his violin playing. One evening, his violin performance was booed by troops, so with prompting from fellow sailor and actor Pat O'Brien, he ad-libbed his way out of the jam and left them laughing. He received more comedy spots in revues & did well, earning himself a reputation as a comedian & musician.