A few months back I started making treks to the local flea markets. Mostly looking to find some obscure treasure of a camera. I had dreams of finding a rare Leica, or a beautiful piece of untouched glass. In reality what I usually found was broken cameras, lenses with scratched and hazed elements, or downright crap.
One of my last trips I started digging around a box of broken camera bodies that a man had out for display. As usual the cameras were crap. Most of them were broken, some worked but only long enough for me to press the shutter once. At the bottom of this box I found a small print with the face of a young man looking back at me. I picked up the photo to find several others behind it. It was clear to me that the people in the photos were family. The photos themselves were old, they were beaten, and needed some TLC, but what I saw was a handful of photos that was someone’s life. A few of them were even inspiring. They had a documentary/reportage feel. One of them in particular spoke to me. It was a photo of a sailor in uniform. I felt an urge to take the photos and try to find this man and give him, or his next of kin, these memories back. I asked the gentlemen who had them if he knew anything about the photos or who the people were and he did not. I asked him how much he wanted for them and he told me I could take them.
I’m currently working on retouching these photos but here is what my detective skills have told me about these photos so far:
1: These photos were taken sometime between the mid fifties through the late 60s
2: The family, at least at some point in the above time frame lived in the California Bay Area, possibly San Leandro
3: I believe the Navy ship in the photo to be The USS Preston (DD-795) In March 1964 Preston deployed to the WestPac operational area with the 7th Fleet. Most of her time was spent in the South China Sea with brief visits to Japan. The Preston provided gunfire support to ground troops in Vietnam until January 1966.
Here are the images I found. These are the rough scans that are not retouched:
So! Do you know these people? Have you any information on the Naval ship? Any clues that could help me get these photos back to the rightful owners? Thanks for looking!