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Photographs Related to USS Razorback - 1945 - 1948 - Gene Haley Collection

Eugene "Gene" J. Haley, Sr., served aboard USS Razorback from 1945 until 1948. The following photographs were taken by Gene or his shipmates. Photographs were taken with a Argus C-3 camera. Some photographs were hand colored with watercolors, as was a common practice at the time.

Photograph of an unknown submarine through the periscope

Photograph of an unknown American submarine through the periscope


Aerial photograph of USS Razorback showing both her deck guns

Aerial photograph of USS Razorback underway. This close-up shot shows both her deck guns and both heavy anti-aircraft guns on the cigarette decks.


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Aerial photograph of USS Razorback underway. This shot, taken from broad on the starboard bow, is an excellent view of her late-war and immediate post-war configuration, with both deck guns still in place.


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Aerial photograph of USS Razorback underway. This close-up of the forward half of the boat shows the JT sonar on the port side.


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USS Razorback tied up alongside the pier in the port of Sydney, Australia. At this point, Razorback's forward 5-inch gun has been removed, although she is otherwise largely unmodified.


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Another view of USS Razorback at the pier in Sydney.


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USS Razorback tied up alongside the pier. Unknown location, but clearly a different background than the pictures in Sydney. Her forward deck gun has been removed, but her after deck gun and heavy machine guns remain.


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Razorback's bow, taken from the forward cigarette deck. The towing bullnose is clearly visible, as is the JT sonar on the port side. The foundation for the forward gun is just out of sight, below the bottom edge of the photograph


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A second photograph, from nearly the same location as the above shot.


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USS Razorback in port with USS Caiman tied up alongside.


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A large number of American submarines tied up in port, almost certainly Mare Island Naval Shipyard. At least six sets of periscopes are visible. However, the only visible hull number is USS Piranha (SS-389).


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A good view of Razorback's stern, identifable by the after torpedo loading hatch, visible just forward of the after torpedo room hatch. The propeller stern guards are also visible.


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Razorback's air manifold, in the control room. The air manifold looks almost identical today.


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Torpedo tubes one and three in the forward torpedo room, starboard side.


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Razorback's after 5-inch deck gun. The Battery Room hatch is open and visible at the right side of the image. Taken in Pearl Harbor, HI. The Submarine Escape Training Tower is visible in the back ground (Groton, CT doesn't have palm trees...)


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Razorback's officers, Chief Petty officers, and crew. The foundation of the forward deck gun is visible.


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Personnel inspection


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Razorback's officers, Chief Petty Officers and crew. Photo caption reads "31 January 1948 at Tsingtao, China".

Notice the wide variety of clothing and head gear. Some men are wearing the traditional "white hat", while others are wearing wool watch caps and one even appears to be wearing an old style "flat hat" or "Donald Duck" hat. Two of the sailors in the front row appear to be wearing jackets with the post-war patch, featuring a red submarine wearing a white hat on a blue background with a trail of bubbles behind. The patch is also clearly visible on the crewman standing next to the African-American Chief Steward (at the right of the picture).

In the late 1940s, the United States was providing significant military aid to the Nationalist Chinese Government, led by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek during their Civil War against the Communist Chinese, led by Mao Zedong.

The U.S. Navy operated a major naval training base at Tsingtao (now known as Qingdao), on the eastern coast of China, training both officers and enlisted men for the Nationalist Chinese Navy. The vessel in the background is very likely one of the many ships transferred to the Nationalist Chinese Navy. The muzzle of Razorback's 5-inch gun is just visible at the left of the photograph.

An Arkansan, Admiral Charles Maynard Cooke, Jr., was in charge of U.S. efforts in China for two years.


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Razorback's basketball team. (The basketball court was apparently removed during the GUPPY IIA conversion.)


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The after 5-inch gun is clearly visible behind the two fencers


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Who says you can't have fun?


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Two Razorback crewmen


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Two more Razorback crewmen


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More Razorback crewmen. This photograph gives a good view of the after end of the bridge fairwater structure, including the ammunition scuttles. The After Battery Hatch is at the right edge of the photograph, and is largely unchanged to this day.


2006-09-07-01-30 (52K)

Photographing the photographer...


2006-09-07-01-31 (21K)

The "Jolly Roger" pirate flag is traditionally flown during the "crossing the line" ceremony, when the submarine crosses the equator. Those who have never crossed the equator aboard ship are known as "pollywogs", while their more experienced shipmates are "shellbacks".

The following series of pictures are from the initiation ceremony. "Pollywogs" are subjected to a variety of unpleasant ordeals before being declared "worthy" of their new status as "shellbacks".


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The perferated steel deck is visible in the background.


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A "pollywog" running a gauntlet of "shellbacks".

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The After Engine Room hatch has a square fairing. The after 5-inch gun and the deck modifications to accomodate it are clearly visible, as are the guards around the propellers.


2006-09-07-01-40 (44K)

Gene Haley at the periscope.


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Gene Haley at the periscope


2006-09-07-01-45 (60K)

Captain Leonce Arnold LaJaunie, Jr., Commanding Officer of USS Razorback from July 1946 to August 1948.


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Gene Haley


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Gene Haley with USS Razorback in the background. Photograph taken at New Guinea in December 1946.


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USS Razorback entering the harbor at Sydney, Australia, 15 December, 1947.


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Periscope photography. A small fireboat fighting an inport fire. Photograph reportedly taken off the coast of China, so the fire may have been the result of fighting between the Nationalist Chinese and the Communist Chinese.