4to. Brown fabrikoid photo album, embossed with a center design of colorful flowers on the front cover; bound with cord at left margin. The snapshots, 6 or 8 photos on each manila album sheet, are tipped into black corner mounts, most 4 x 2 1/2 in. or 4 x 5 in. (some smaller), a few with ink captions identifying fellow sailors. All the photos are very good, clear; some chipping to the album pages along the edges.
The images show groups of Woltman's fellow sailors aboard ship, in port, on r & r at the beach, in the Philippine Islands, etc., smiling for the camera. There are views of ships in the harbor, local temples, bridges, islanders in both western and native dress, damaged buildings, groups of destroyed airplanes on the ground, a photo of aerial bombing, as well as boxing matches and baseball games, and 9 photos of a USO (?) show. A small group of approx. 30 artfully posed photos of native women, topless or nude, some in focus, others a bit more grainy were probably available for purchase by U.S. military personnel, and are included in this otherwise candid album.There are also a dozen or so baudy cartoons, printed on photo paper, with captions. A small group of greeting cards from Woltman's wife and family are laid down near the end of the album. One envelope contains a 4pp. letter from Woltman's wife excitedly reporting on the news of V-J day on the radio, and the reactions in their home town. Two other envelopes contain printed material: the American Edition of "Guinea Gold," Vol. 2, No. 267, "In the Field, Friday August 11, 1944," a 4pp. newspaper, "not for sale," giving news of the allied advances in Europe and in the Pacific; and a reproduced typescript of the "Jungle Journal, New Guinea's Leading Newspaper, US Naval Base," Vol. II, No. 32, Sunday 20 August 1944,  pp., on 5 loose sheets, folded. Stories include the American 7th Army advances, offensives against Japanese bases, home news, baseball scores, etc. Another 6 pp. reproduced typescript newspaper is tipped in to an album page, the "Lucky Lavaca," Vol. 1, No. 15, dated 13 June 1945, reporting on sunken enemy ships in Manila Bay, mention of the bond drive, the celebration of Flag Day, and humourous posts on life in the service, plus notation at the bottom of most pages: "Not for Publication." A copy of a commendation for service performed, signed by the Commanding Officer of the USS ARD Twelve, 18 June 1945, citing Woltman's "professional skill, ability and devotion to duty" in repairing the battle damaged USS Jenkins in May and June 1945. Item #62266
Arthur Woltman, of Saugatuck, Michigan enlisted in the Navy in April 1944 and was mustered out in December 1945. He served as a Machinist Mate aboard the USS ARD Twelve, which was posted to Espirito Santo, New Hebrides Islands, Subic Bay, Philippine Islands and New Guinea during World War II. The ARD was a floating "auxiliary repair dock" used, especially during World War II as a service vessel to repair damaged ships while still in the water. They could be partially flooded to receive the ship, then emptied to provide a dry-dock platform for the repairs. Some of the photos show the USS ARD Twelve at work, another handful show the enterprising sailors constructing a boxed garden, complete with picket fence, for growing vegetables.