A Guide to the U. S. Navy Collection, [circa 1920s], 1950-1951
The identity of photographer and creator of the photo album is unknown. He was a sailor and served on the USS Milwaukee in the 1920s. The Milwaukee was an Omaha-class cruiser in the US Navy, which was commissioned in 1923. This ship explored the South Pacific between the world wars, gathering oceanographic data about the Pacific Ocean. During World War II, the Milwaukee served on the South Atlantic Patrol Force and later was transferred to the Soviet Navy.
Corporal Dewey T. Reno served in the U. S. Navy. During 1950 and 1951, he was recovering from skin graft surgery at a variety of medical centers. He was brother to Mrs. Ethel Oakley of Sulphur, Oklahoma.
With photographs and postcards, this U.S. Navy Collection documents the travels of the USS Milwaukee in the 1920s in Central America, the South Pacific and Far East, and the life of Cpl. Dewey T. Reno from 1950 to 1951 in Lone Wolf, OK, San Francisco, CA, and El Paso, TX. It records the daily activities of US Navy sailors, primarily off duty, but both at sea and in port. Some individual sailors are identified. Printed materials include a newspaper clipping, programs, tickets, and two typescript poems: "Aintcha Ever Gonna Write?" and "The Prayer of a Sailor."
U. S. Navy Collection, [ca. 1920s], 1950-1951, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
This collection processed by Nicole Davis, September 2008. Addition of Cpl. Dewey T. Reno Papers processed by Laurel Rozema, April 2009.
Detailed Description of the Collection