"The Early Years"
1944 -- 1945



Carbonero Launching in 1944
The boat as she appeared just after commissioning.
 
Singer Kate Smith
Singer Kate Smith with Carbonero COB and boat mascot, 
"Jessie Jackson Carbonero"
 Before leaving for the Pacific in 1945.


Commissioning Crew 1945
Commissioning Crew 1945

"One sailor's perspective"
Photos courtesy of Soloman Swiman

Soloman joined the USS Carbonero as one of the original WWII crew in 1945.
The below photos chronicle those years.

Original Chiefs and Officers
Commissioning Skipper
Carbonero commissioning Officers and Chiefs
First Carbonero Skipper
CDR Charlton L. Murphy, Jr. and his wife
Commissioning crew New Year's Party
Sailors Night out
Commissioning crew at New Years Eve party 1945
L-R -- Raymond Gardner, RM3c(SS)-Samuel E. Rindge Y3c(SS)-Soloman Swiman, MoMM1c(SS) -Joseph Pelio, TM2c(SS)-Benejamin G. Hurdk Y1c(SS)  The Den Restaurant, New London
Soloman Swiman MoMM1c
Jesse Jackson Carbonero - ship mascot.
Soloman Swiman MoMM1c(SS) - Ideal Night Club Newport RI
Ships mascot Jesse Jackson Carbonero 
Skipper & Crewman with Battle Flag WWII
Soloman and buddies on liberty
Carbonero Battle Flag
Soloman (L) and buddies on liberty - Key West, Fla.
Soloman and buddies on liberty
Soloman on liberty at the Florida Cabaret
On liberty, Key West, Fla
Soloman on liberty at the Florida Caberet, Key West, Fla.

Soloman Swiman MoMM1c
Soloman Swiman MoMM1c
Soloman -- Nov. 24, 1945  - note the Dolphins on the sleeve
Soloman -- Nov. 24, 1945
Carbonero with WWII Scoreboard
Loading a torpedo onboard.
Carbonero showing her WWII Scoreboard -- Nov. 27, 1945
Loading a torpedo -- Nov. 27, 1945
By the deck gun...
Carbonero Opens for visitors at Bellingham
Gene Ross at the deck gun, Nov. 27, 1945
Carbonero at the Port of Bellingham - open for visitors - Nov. 27. 1945
Carbonero in Bellingham
Wardroom types - Bellingham
Open for visitors in Bellingham - Nov. 27, 1945
L--R J.D. Worley, Don Storey, George Watson, Bill Gaines
All in a row - Carbonero, Stickleback, Carp, Entemedor and ???
Carbonero at Bellingham
All in a row - Carbonero - Stickleback - Carp - Entemedor - ????
In Bellingham - Nov. 27, 1945

Carbonero host open house in Bellingham
Visitors at Bellingman
Visitors line up to tour the boat - Nov. 27, 1945
Visitors line up to tour the boat - Nov. 27, 1945
Lining up to visit the Carbonero - Bellingham
Checking the visitors - from the shears
Visitors line up to tour the boat - Nov. 27, 1945
Checking the visitors - from the shears - Nov. 27, 1945
The Crew!
More crew topside
Soloman (L rear) and other crew topside
Just hanging around topside
Crew topside
Crew topside
Soloman (R front) and other crew topside
Just hanging around topside


Thanks for the loan of the pictures, Soloman.
It's great to see these have been preserved for posterity.

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