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Sgt. Stokes photograph album

Guide to the Sergeant Stokes photograph album

Collection number: HMC-0950.
Creator: Stokes, Sergeant.
Title: Sergeant Stokes photograph album.
Dates: 1943-1945.
Volume of collection: 0.02 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Photographs of a soldier in the Post Signal Staff stationed at Fort Richardson.

Biographical note:
Sergeant Stokes (no first name provided) was a member of the Post Signal Staff at Fort Richardson, Alaska, during World War II. He arrived at Fort Richardson in February of 1943 and was stationed there until at least March of 1945. Stokes may have been the supply sergeant for his unit on the post.

Collection description:
The collection consists of the World War II era photograph album of a Sergeant Stokes. The collection contains 60 original black and white prints from the album. Subjects of the photographs include: Sergeant Stokes and fellow soldiers at Fort Richardson and Anchorage; buildings on Fort Richardson (barracks, service club, chapel, supply room, etc.); 4th Avenue in Anchorage; the USO building and houses in Anchorage; Alaska Defense Command commander General Simon B. Buckner at his desk; snow plows clearing snow from the landing strip; a sled dog team outside the McKinley Park Hotel; and scenery. Several of Stokes’ fellow soldiers are identified by name.

Arrangement: Photographs are in the order they appeared in the album. Photograph numbers in the container list refer to the page number and position on page, generally top to bottom and left to right, based on the placement of the photographs in the original album. Where there is only one photograph on the page, only that number is used.

Alternative formats: The collection contains a xerox copy of the original album.

Digitized copies: 21 of the images have been digitized and placed online in Alaska’s Digital Archives. Individual links can be found in the list below. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Collection photographs are subject to copyright not held by the Archives with the exception of U.S. Army Signal Corps photographs which are in the public domain.

Preferred citation: Sergeant Stokes photograph album, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was purchased by the Archives in 2007 from internet auction.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2007. Once the album was photocopied, photographs were removed from the album and placed in size order in enclosure sheets. The guide to the collection was reformatted to meet current standard by Arlene Schmuland in 2013, the images were placed into their original order at that time.

Container list:

Image number Description
1a “Aren’t we the busy people (Mac & I) March 1944” Stokes at desk and fellow soldier on bunk in barracks (3.25 X 5 inch).
1b “This is one of the main streets in town, 6-13-43, Alaska” 4th Avenue in Anchorage looking west near Northern Commercial Company store (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
1c My own private room – note the 3 favorite pin up girls, 3-1-44, Fort Richardson, Alaska” Bunk, shelves, desk and window in barracks (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
1d Bill, Jimmie & me, Anchorage, Alaska, April 30, 1943” Group photo of soldiers in coats with Cook Inlet in the background (3 X 4.5 inch).
1e “Another main street scene showing the local High School on the right. That is me on the corner, 6-13-43, Alaska” Street scene near Anchorage High School (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
2a Alaska 1943 – April –” Stokes at desk in office with posters in background (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
2b “Bill & I – Sunday, May 20, 1940, On Fourth Ave., Anchorage, Als.” Stokes walking on sidewalk with fellow soldiers (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
2c “Another view of the U.S.O. in town, Alaska, 6-13-43” Front of the USO in Anchorage (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
2d Stay away from those swinging doors soldier! May 20, 1944” Stokes and fellow soldier on sidewalk outside the Big Dipper Cocktail Bar (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
2e Said the Sergeant to the Cook and the Barber – Fort Richardson, Alaska, 8 Oct. 1944” Stokes and fellow soldiers at back of mess hall (2.5 X 4 inch).
2f This is ‘Hypo’ Another Company Mascot, 9 Sept. 1944” Dog near barracks (3 X 4.75 inch).
2g “Some More of ‘Hypo,’ 9 Sept. 1944” Same dog as above (3 X 4.75 inch).
3a Same as 2e (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
3b Shoveling out – Feb. 1943, Fort Richardson, Alaska” Soldier shoveling snow near entrance to base building (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
4 Four men working on log building foundation on beach of coastal inlet (8 X 10 inch).
5 Stokes and fellow soldier “Mac”at fox hole (8 X 10 inch).
6 Scenic view of glacier (8 X 10 inch).
7a “Joe Bubaglia – Brooklyn, N. Y., John (Blackie) Karam – Wash, Penna., Bronisaus (Porky Jaskot – Chicago, Ill., Alaska, 6-13-43” Three soldier posed against building (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
7b “Jerry & I in front of the barracks, 6-13-43” (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
7c “Jerry and I in front of our barracks, 6-13-43, Alaska” Wearing jackets (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
7d “Post Signal Staff (in part) Sept. 14, 1943, Al Ankenbrand – Dave Fegley – Lieut. Smith –Wern Pitterich The reason the boys are laughing is because I’m taking the picture and they are looking at me instead of the camera!” Group photo next to building (4 X 5 inch).
7e Jerry in front of the Catholic Chapel – Alaska, 6-13-43” (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
7f “Jerry by the creek, 6-13-43, Alaska” (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
7g Jerry in front of one of the nicer homes in town, Alaska, 6-13-43” (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
7h “Me in front of another of the homes in town, 6-13-43, Alaska” (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
8a “The Forrester’s daughter, Jan. 1943, Seattle, Wash.” Small girl sitting next to fireplace (3.5 X 4.75).
8b This is our Service Club on the Post, 6-13-43” Camouflaged building on Fort Richardson (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
8c Hello Darling! Alaska Calling – Sept. 1943” Stokes on phone in office (4 X 5 inch).
8d Soldiers and women at buffet line (4 X 5 inch).
9a “This is the U.S.O. in town, Alaska – 6-13-43” Front of the USO building in Anchorage (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
9b “Easter Sunday – Anchorage, Alaska – 9 April 1944, Bill Forde – Marty Frank – ?” Group photo of three, soldier with Stokes at right (2.75 X 3.75 inch).
9c Stokes and fellow soldier Jerry on sidewalk (3.5 X 5.75 inch).
9d “Mac and I, Ft. Richardson, Alaska, March 1945” Photo in front of vehicle (3 X 4.5 inch).
9e “29 Aug. 1944” Stokes with two women and girl street corner (3.5 X 5.75 inch).
9f This is My Supply Room Building, 9 Sept. 1944” (3 X 5 inch).
10a “Another View of Our Supply building, 9 Sept. 1944 (3 X 4.75 inch).
10b “The Ole Sarge Ready to Take Off, 9 Sept. ’44” Stokes at wheel of covered truck (3 X 4.75 inch).
10c “With the trusty carbine, Alaska, 12 Nov. 1944” Stokes pointing rifle in kneeling position (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
10d “Guess who? Alaska, 12 Nov. 1944” Stokes in winter jacket and wool hat with rifle on shoulder (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
10e “Mac and I, Ft. Richardson, Alaska, 12 Nov. 1944” Stokes and fellow soldier in winter jackets and wool hats (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
10f “Back from furlough and not so happy about it either! 9 Sept. 1944” Stokes posed at  door of building (3 X 5 inch).
10g Stokes in helmet standing in front of foxhole (4 X 5 inch).
11a Clearing Snow off the Landing Strips, Alaska, 1944” Fleet of snow plows at work; U. S. Army Signal Corps Photo (3.75 X 5 inch).
11b The ‘Ole Sarge’ Relaxing After a Hard Day, 17 Sept. 1944” Stokes laying on his bunk in barracks (3.75 X 5 inch).
11c “Eagle River, Alaska, 16 Sept. 1944” Scenic view of rapids (3.75 X 5 inch).
11d General Simon B. Buckner, Jr. signing letter at his desk in office; U. S. Army Signal Corps Photo (4 X 5 inch).
12 Stokes sitting outside foxhole (8 X 10 inch).
13 Relaxing at Lake Spenard, Sunday June 24, 1944 with George Dibblee, Lew Frazen, Bill Forde, Joe Young and Adolph Suffrin” Group photo of Stokes and five fellow soldiers sitting on ground outside building (8 X 10 inch).
14 “- Dog Sled Team Resting – Mt. McKinley, Alaska” Dog team of seven huskies harnessed to sled outside McKinley Park Hotel (8 X 10 inch).
15a Same as 10g (8 X 10 inch).
15b Stokes and teenage girl standing outside building (4.25 X 8 inch).
16a Stokes and fellow soldier standing on walkway on Fort Richardson (3 X 4.5 inch).
16b Soldier Mac standing in front of back of covered truck (3 X 4.5 inch).
16c Post Signal Staff, Sept. 14, 1943, Chief Warrant Officer Rapp – Lieutenant James R. Smith, Sgt. Ankenbrand – S/Sgt. Fegley – Pfc. Stokes – Sgt. Pitterich. What a rugged group of soldiers” Unit group photo outside building entrance (4 X 5 inch).
17a “Chow Hounds, 16 Sept. 1944” Stokes with fellow soldier and woman on a picnic (4 X 5 inch).
17b Soldiers in helmets and winter uniforms on field exercise (4 X 5 inch).
17c “My half of my room, March 1944” Stokes bunk and corner in his barracks (3.25 X 5 inch).
17d “with ‘Chet’ Kazmierczak, Alaska, Dec. 1944” Stokes and fellow soldier outside barracks building (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
17e Oyster, Alaska” Sled dog chained to doghouse at McKinley National Park (4 X 5 inch).

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