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An extremely cute young US sailor manning an anti-aircraft gun - World War II

An extremely cute young US sailor manning an anti-aircraft gun  -  World War II
Such a supple body - just look at those enticing curves!

This was an "Assocoiated Press Photograph", taken in 1943, with the following statement:


This 20mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun is manned by youthful Frank Kalar, of Riverside, Ill., crew member of a destroyer escort. No sit-down job is this as Frank swirls around strapped to his gun. . ."

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Miss Magnolia Thunderpussy
Miss Magnolia Thunde…
*maidenly sigh*
5 years ago.
Barbara Bartlett has replied to Miss Magnolia Thunde…
Dad & I both believe this is my Dad and, per research (below), this picture should be correctly attributed as follows: "John Gluchman (Chicago, Illinois) on an aircraft carrier trains on a 20mm anti-aircraft gun in 1943. John's destroyer, the USS Hickox survived Typhoon Cobra (a.k.a., Halsey's Typhoon, Third Fleet) on Dec. 18, 1944 along with numerous battles in the Pacific Ocean."

Dad (91 in 2016!) shared a fun story with me about this very day... training to shoot the target-balloon being pulled by a plane. Since this was a NEW skill he was learning, he almost accidentally hit the plane instead of the target-balloon! But he thankfully improved over the 2-day training period! Dad graduated from Lane Tech High School where he played football and other sports.

Research: My Genealogy-Records-Research guru friend determined that the Associated Press incorrectly attributed this photo to Frank Kalar of Riverside, IL since there was no "Frank Kalar" enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII. This looks exactly like an 18-year old John Gluchman who did train on 20mm anti-aircraft guns within Halsey's Third Fleet, his home ship being the destroyer "escort ship", the USS Hickox. Since the A.P. did not hand out photos to the subjects, Dad (John) never knew this photo existed until I came across it in late 2016 while doing research on the deadly Typhoon Cobra.
2 weeks ago. Edited 13 days ago.
Mark Luke
Mark Luke
the black barrel on this gun is detachable. I tried to lift one a few years ago...I couldn' But this guy probably could.
5 years ago.
Miss Magnolia Thunderpussy
Miss Magnolia Thunde…
I wish you had not mentioned that, Mr. Mark Luke - now I know I shan't sleep a wink tonight!
5 years ago.
5 years ago.