Welcome to DaleRooks.org

Welcome to Dale Rooks’ Photographic Record of the World War II Invasion of Southern France and life aboard the Navy Command Ship, the Duane leading up to the invasion and after.

We welcome referrals to other web sites that have photos of WW II in Europe and names of relatives shown in the pictures of the crew of the Duane. Please contact us at dale.rooks.son@gmail.com for adding information to the site.

The Dale Rooks web site has been set up by Adam Randazzo, whose grandfather John Baker was aboard the Duane as a medic with Dale Rooks the photographers mate to Admiral Lowry. The 11 x 17 photos have been inherited by Dale Rooks’ eldest son, Jan Rooks and copied by his daughter, Jenifer.

Dale Rooks poses along many of his published photographs

Dale Rooks poses along many of his published photographs

Collection of original photos, negatives, and equipment used by Dale Rooks

Riviara 39 John Baker

Photograph of John Baker taking care of wounded German soldier by Dale Rooks