Sinking of the USS President Coolidge: Photo Source

While staying at the Witherup House in Franklin PA, I found :

Colliers Photographic History of World War II - cover
Colliers Photographic History of World War II – cover

It was published in 1946, when memories were fresh and ISBNs hadn’t yet been invented:

Colliers Photographic History of World War II - copyright 1946
Colliers Photographic History of World War II – copyright 1946

Paging through it, I found a photo similar to one I’d grown up with (clicky for more many dots):

USS President Coolidge - Abandon Ship - Colliers Photographic History of World War II
USS President Coolidge – Abandon Ship – Colliers Photographic History of World War II

None of those guys look like Dad.

Many of the events in World War II made little sense until the declassification of the Enigma decryptions and the ensuing Ultra / Magic programs showed the value of weaponized math …

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