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USS Philadelphia
In USA Ports
When The Philadelphia returned to the USA, she docked in New York, Philadelphia or Norfolk.
In November 1943 my Dad married my Mom on a short pass to Forest City, PA
Mom waited in either Philadelphia or Norfolk for the ship to come in. They met other Navy couples and families in those cities.
November 6, 1943 - St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church
Helen & Frank - Norfolk 1944

Frank & Helen Paukstis - Philadelphia 1944
Chief Bill Rogers from Mississippi
Mary Rogers (Her father was an Admiral)
Nora & Bill Lehr - August 12, 1944
Dad in his hometown, Browndale, PA
The Sawyers - Norfolk 1944
Dad (right) with a friend in NYC

From the Album of Doc Rountree
We believe this to be a view of the USS Iowa in the Brooklyn Navy Yard taken from the Philadelphia in 1943.
That's the Williamsburg Bridge in the background.
This is when my Dad Frank Paukstis joined the Philly crew after marrying my mother on a 3 day pass (Nov 6, 1943)