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My father, Robert H. Traina (1914-1968), U.S. Army. Photo taken in 1941, probably at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was drafted in April of that year. Later he entered officer candidate school and served in the Coast Artillery Corps in Hawaii.
He is carrying a Springfield rifle and looks to be wearing a cavalryman's lace-up riding breeches. Part of his kit would be the WWI British-style helmet and a large shoulder bag for his gas mask.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
Beautiful photo, thank you to share. Isn't it Traina a Sicilian surname?
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, my family came from the island of Salina.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
Sicily is the wonderful place  I've ever seen,  if there was the same standard of living in northern Italy it would be a paradise
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I have cousins in Naples who are not poor, but the buildings in their neighborhood look a thousand years old and are falling apart.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
Naturally  there are rich and middle class people in south italy too, but  just to give you an example, in Bologna, my town, the mean PIL per-capita is 31000 euro in Lecce is 8130 euro. Of course the cost of living is greater in north Italy than in south Italy,but not twice or three times, gas, water, electricity cost the same, if not more to the south,  and as you say, it reflected a sense of precariousness in the buildings, infrastructure and public services.
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DCJBeers Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
I thank him for serving! God Bless!
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oldsoldier2 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Coastal Artillery in Hawaii...now that is a real cushy posting. ;)
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
His executive officer once told me that the location near Pearl Harbor on Oahu where their antiaircraft battery was located was in a particularly arid part of the island and the dust storms there were as bad as the ones that he had experienced during his boyhood in Kansas.
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oldsoldier2 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Still, dust storms on Oahu...or the jungles of Guadalcanal?
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Touche!
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Gunnut51 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool.
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rustyironmonger Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great photo, thanks for serving.

Happy Veteran's Day.
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, but I never was in the armed forces. Could have entered the ROTC program during the Viet Nam conflict but my eyesight wasn't good.
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rustyironmonger Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome... comment was in your dad's memory. :)
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