Electrician's Mate 3rd Class John W. Parmer, U.S.N. Collection
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John's Golden Dragon Certificate.

Navy Mariners (PBM) swept ashore at Chimu Wan by the typhoon of October 9th, 1945.

Scenic picture of Batin Ko taken from hilltop at southern Buckner Bay.

Another angle of Buckner Bay showing some typhoon damage on the beach.

The remains of Shuri Castle.

Destroyed Japanese jail a half a mile away from the castle at Shuri.

The remains of two dead Japanese soldiers atop Shuri Castle.

General Buckner's grave in the 7th Division Cemetery. He was the highest ranking officer killed in the Pacific campaign.
Lt. General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. was killed in action on June 18, 1945. He was posthumously promoted to General. Buckner Bay was named in his honor.

Another view of General Buckner's grave.

General Buckner was reportedly killed while riding in a jeep in this area near Shuri.
(All photos by Lt. Stewart P. Robinson, U.S.N.)
Courtesy of John W. Parmer, U.S.N.

MaritimeQuest is grateful to John for making this never before published collection available for digital preservation and publication. It adds a valuable insight to what it was like in the final days of the war in the Pacific. John W. Parmer served in the U.S. Navy from Dec. 4, 1944 until Feb. 9, 1946 in U.S. Naval Construction Battalions (Seebees) 24th NBC, 27th NBC and USN CBMU 630 Maintenance unit.

The majority of the photos in this collection were taken by Lt. Stewart P. Robinson, the unit chaplin, and were given to John. It is not known what became of Lt. Robinson after the war.

The majority of the photos were taken at and around Okinawa and is presented in the order of the caption list provided by John, there has been no attempt to put them in chronological order. Additional notes appear in yellow text below the photos.

John has written about his experiences and has allowed MaritimeQuest to make this available to the public in PDF format. Download it here: John's War Years.

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Page published July 26, 2012