Posted by: SJS | October 19, 2012

Treasure Island Tree Outhouse

Relief is taken wherever one can find it and PT sailors were able to improvise with the best of them.

Outhouse in the open

An outhouse out in the open for Ron 27

In this highly unusual and frankly revealing photograph, a sailor assigned to PT 374 catches up with a newspaper and attends to nature’s demands.  The photo was shared with me by Gary Paulsen whose dad was a fellow sailor with Red Stahley in Squadron (Ron 27) in the South Pacific in 1945.  The shot was taken by Gary’s father but the identity of the crewmate has remained a “highly confidential, classified military matter.”

The “outhouse” with the distinguished name is clearly positioned close to the docking position of a boat.  A portion of the deck and a deck gun is pictured on the left side of the photo.

My thanks to Gary for his stalwart support of the blog and the website and for sharing some excellent photos and other documentary materials on the history of Ron 27.

Making the best of the situation and taking care of priorities were never a problem for the sailors of the US Navy’s Mosquito Fleet.  Photos like this one certainly prove those points.

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