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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 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