The first photograph is my father, William Clay McGehee, on board the USS Cumberland Sound, somewhere in the Pacific, Spring 1945. The second photo was taken upon his promotion to the rank of Commander.
This photo is of W. Oldemar Blum and was taken in a Russian concentration camp for Latvians, possibly Salaspils. I have always been fascinated by the contrast between the happy, smiling faces and nice clean clothes compared to where they are and what they would soon be facing. This photo was the last anyone in the family ever heard of W. Oldemar Blum and his family.