The Strafin’ Saints

I have a number of stills in this video. My father is pictured in the B-Flight group at 1:01 minutes (front row) and 2:18 minutes (second from right) leaning on the bar. I suppose he’s in that front group photo, but I couldn’t find his name on the list:

“Lippy” Lipscomb is pictured at about 1:25 minutes in, and in this picture I have:


Here is an insignia patch of the Strafin’Saints:


Father’s Day: Photos from Cavalry Training

The January 1942 letters settle into cavalry training at Fort Riley, Kansas, beginning at around 18 January. Here are a few photos from that period, some with commentary on the back:


These next photos are mostly concerned with the uniform appearance, but you’ll notice on one that he wrote January when he meant February—as he did on a few letters that had to be moved. I see my brother had to make his mark on one of the photos, since it looked like a place to write, I guess:

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  1. If I had a bayonet on rifle—this would be quite a pose
  2. A fairly good picture with summer shirt we use it for dress—The tie is Cavalry style—We have to wear it this way when we are without blouse. buttons should be buttoned—Ha.

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  1. Me with Rifle at “Sling Rifles.” Look at those boots shine. [added later: Sib]
  2. Kneeling position I got the highest score in the 5 and 6th Platoon today Jan. Feb 4. 198

I also added a few photos that were pertinent to the letter of 21 January 1942 on that page.





Saving some old pictures

My mother, using the old image-cropping tool of scissors, cut up a bunch of one-of-a-kind photos and made a collage, using some kind of adhesive that no longer holds—that’s kind of a good thing, because they just come apart without tearing the edges of photos under them. One picture at the bottom edge didn’t make it, and I don’t know what it was or when it fell out.



This grouping contains, among others, the only photo I’ve ever seen with me and my father in the same picture, so I’ve decided it’s time to get them all apart and scanned (maybe not those ones of me in the teen years). Then what should I do? Should I put the originals back in this arrangement in a frame? Or should I store them in a photo box? I kind of like things to be used rather than hidden away in boxes, even if it leads to their demise, so I’m leaning toward putting it all back together, once the scanning is done. Maybe I can even find another picture to fill in that empty spot, some embarrassing picture of my brother, for example.

A few of the photos can be seen on the 1951 page, showing some of the people talked about in the letters from Korea.

Watermarking Images

In addition to looking for a batch converter for breaking up all the PDF scans into JPEGs to post with each transcription, I’m looking into putting watermarks on the images of the letters. The idea of the watermark is to make clear who owns the image and to render it unusable to anyone who wants to take the image and present it as his or her own.

Yes there are apps for adding watermarks, but how do you make one to begin with? I’m looking into all those things. So I might need a batch converter for that, too. It just can’t be easy enough to find one app that would do both the conversion to image and the watermark, but I guess those things are just too different. Here’s the one I’m leaning toward: PhotoBulk.

It’s hard enough to read the handwriting as it is, so I probably won’t go with one of those all-over watermarks, even though that might be the best deterrent. I’ll probably just put one in each corner and do any other adjustments to the images that would make them unattractive to thieves.

Here’s an article from on protecting images: Perspectives on Watermarks.