Welcome to USCGCutterDuane.org and DaleRooks.org

Welcome to the USCG Cutter Duane Photographic Record of the World War II Convoy Escort Command Ship for the Invasion of Southern France and the ship’s 49-year history before WW2 and up to its 1985 final and current location. Also included are photos of the invasion at Toulon, and visits to Rome and other Mediterranean cities during WW2 in 1944. The photos in all four books are by Dale Rooks, chief photographer aboard the Duane.

We welcome referrals to other web sites that have photos of WW2 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.

Bunks on the DuaneThe Dale Rooks web site has been set up by Adam Randazzo, whose grandfather,  John Baker (top bunk), was aboard the Duane as a medic with Dale Rooks. Dale (middle bunk) was the photographer’s mate to Admiral Lowry. The identity of the man in the bottom bunk is unknown. If you have information on who he may be, please contact Jan Rooks.

The 11 x 17 photos of life aboard the Duane, Invasion and Rome in four books were inherited by Dale Rooks’ eldest son, Jan Rooks and copied by his daughter, Jennifer with a professional digital camera. The photos lack any descriptive text, just an occasional title.  If any visitors to the web site recognize a particular person or place, please send us an email and we will add the information and source. → Leave a comment

Dale Rooks poses along many of his published photographs

Dale Rooks poses along many of his published photographs

One Response to Welcome to USCGCutterDuane.org and DaleRooks.org

  1. Hello, I’m trying to research my father, Carlo A. George, path thru WW II so that I may write a book on his accomplishments and experience. Sadly my father passed away in Oct 2004 and I only have bits and pieces about him thru eavesdropping while he and my uncles, all WW II veterans, would take turns telling their stories at family get togethers. I did this because he would not discuss it with me. I didn’t fully understand this until much later after returning from a tour in Viet Nam, while serving as a young airman with the US Air Force which I retired from.
    I have always sincerely respected all WW II veterans and personally feel that education today does not place enough time and material on how important that part of history is to all of us. With the vet numbers rapidly diminishing I feel it’s important to get their history documented so it’s not lost when they pass. Every family member should know this.
    I was wondering if you could help direct me to to where I may find some information on him. The following is the only historical type of info I have about him. He entered the army in 1943 as a tanker. He entered the war with the Southern Invasion of France. I’m not sure if he was on the Invasion or a replacement later. I think he was assigned to the 735th tank battalion and the number of his Sherman M4 was 747 of which he and his crew named Crazy Horse. They fought their way north and was assigned to operate an amphibian type vehicle transporting troops across the Rhine and wounded back. He made several crossing not with out engine problems. He was wounded in the battle of Munchin Gladback on or by the Julic river. He spent several months in a hospital in Holland and returned to service.
    I would like to know what outfit he was assigned to and the route of his travel and battles he fought in. Any help or direction you may be able to provide me too find this information would be greatly appreciated.
    Sincerely,
    Don George
    Mach2don57@gmail.com
    Cell ph: 480-203-9433

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