Is there a web site out there or some place to ask about the context of formal US military photos? I would like to know the time, location, and reason of a photo.
For example, here are two photos that I know are US Army from WWII, but I don't even know if they were taken in the US or in Europe. They were clearly officially staged, so there must have been a special event they are related to. Is there someplace to look this up, ask, etc?
Incredibly, the names and home locations for most of the men are listed on the back. Yes, even for the large group photo.
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Yes, the two photos are connected. I didn't get into the details of these particular photos because I was asking a general question about how to get more information on such things. Of course I do want information on these photos, but thought it would be off topic here as being too localized or something. Yes, some of these people may still be living, which is why I haven't mentioned any of the names.
My father (Thomas Greenleaf Lathrop) is in both photos, but he died in 1978 so I can't ask him. He was in the signal corp during WWII, trained in Camp Kolher outside of Sacramento CA, got shipped to England, then into France and Germany. These photos could be from Camp Kohler, England, France, Germany, or anywhere else he was stationed until being discharged in Berlin after the war ended.