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San Diego's DNA: Collection of Military Portraits

Downtown San Diego has historically been a place where sailors, soldiers and marines passed through on their way to some distant outpost. KPBS was incredibly fortunate to find a collection of portraits of young men and women taken in a downtown photography studio around 1950. A find like this can generate some wonderful oral history. Some of the people in the photographs are identified while others are not. You can participate by helping to identify the men and women pictured. Take a look!

Pictured: Phil Webber, hometown: Bucklin, Kansas.

Pictured: Phil Webber, hometown: Bucklin, Kansas.

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William Orcutt is a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.  During World War II he was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps in Belgium.  He returned to San Diego, married, and was recalled to service in 1952.  As a second lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps he photographed enemy territory in Korea for military intelligence.  A photograph of Orcutt was found in a collection of portraits lent to KPBS by San Diego photographer, Ken Petsch.  A log book listed the address of the home his family has owned in San Diego since about 1950.  In San Diego's DNA: Military Roots, Orcutt shares his extensive collection of photographs from the Korean War.

William Orcutt is a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. During World War II he was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps in Belgium. He returned to San Diego, married, and was recalled to service in 1952. As a second lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps he photographed enemy territory in Korea for military intelligence. A photograph of Orcutt was found in a collection of portraits lent to KPBS by San Diego photographer, Ken Petsch. A log book listed the address of the home his family has owned in San Diego since about 1950. In San Diego's DNA: Military Roots, Orcutt shares his extensive collection of photographs from the Korean War.

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Pictured: Carl Harden, hometown: Tampa, Florida.

Pictured: Carl Harden, hometown: Tampa, Florida.

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Pictured: J.H. McNeal, hometown: Boise, Idaho.

Pictured: J.H. McNeal, hometown: Boise, Idaho.

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Pictured: Jack Shaneyfelt, hometown: Saloma, Indiana.

Pictured: Jack Shaneyfelt, hometown: Saloma, Indiana.

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Pictured: Goldy Doris, hometown: West Branch, Michigan.

Pictured: Goldy Doris, hometown: West Branch, Michigan.

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Pictured: TJ Troxclair, hometown: New Sarpy, Louisiana.

Pictured: TJ Troxclair, hometown: New Sarpy, Louisiana.

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Pictured: Mr and Mrs C. Johnson, hometown: San Diego

Pictured: Mr and Mrs C. Johnson, hometown: San Diego

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Pictured: John Deardorff, hometown: Poulsbo, Washington.

Pictured: John Deardorff, hometown: Poulsbo, Washington.

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Pictured: Charles Davis, hometown: Union Mills, North Carolina.

Pictured: Charles Davis, hometown: Union Mills, North Carolina.

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