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NOAA's Historic Coast & Geodetic Survey (C&GS) Collection
Catalog of Images

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Transit party training on the Dartmoors. 17th FAOB training exercises prior to D-Day. Photo from 17th FAOB Album
England 1944
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Lieutenant Fountain and Sergeant Newton on reconnaissance training. 17th FAOB training exercises prior to D-Day. Photo from 17th FAOB Album
England 1944
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Survey party entering Vire, France, shortly after D-Day. 17th FAOB. Photo from 17th FAOB Album
France 1944
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Flash ranging command post overlooking the Rhine River. 17th FAOB. Photo from 17th FAOB Album
Belgium 1944
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Flash ranging command post overlooking the Rhine River. 17th FAOB. Photo from 17th FAOB Album
Belgium 1944
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Survey work at Kesternich. 17th FAOB. Photo from 17th FAOB Album
Germany 1945
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Members of 17th FAOB at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. L to R - Deily, Bacon, Richey, Harding, Riback, Snyder, Stewart. Photo from 17th FAOB Album
Germany 1945
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Frontispiece from the History of the 17th Field Artillery Observation Battalion. Image from 17th FAOB Album
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All in a days work for the members of the 17th FAOB. Shooting, running line, stopping for chow, rodman, and observer with transit. Image from 17th FAOB Album
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Running the transit - survey work with the 17th FAOB. Image from 17th FAOB Album
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Route of the 8th FAOB. Image from the 8th FAOB Album
Europe 1944-45
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Diagram of sound ranging coverage with artillery firing possibilities. Image from the 8th FAOB Album
Germany April 17, 1945
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Sound ranging operations of 8th FAOB. 70 sound bases established in less than one year. Image from the 8th FAOB Album
Europe 1944-45
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Flash observer at work. 25 flash bases established. Image from the 8th FAOB Album.
Europe 1944-45
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Over 4,000 miles of wire laid to communicate with sound and flash ranging bases. Image from the 8th FAOB Album
Europe 1944-45
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Flash ranging operations. Image from the 8th FAOB Album
Europe 1944-45
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Composite of all operations associated with 8th FAOB. Image from the 8th FAOB Album
Europe 1944-45
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The bottom line - determined 7,016 enemy targets for Allied artillery. Image from the 8th FAOB Album
Europe 1944-45
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Captured German map showing geodetic control around St. Nazaire, France.
France 1944-45
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Title page of captured German geodetic control book for St. Nazaire.
France 1944-45
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Listing of geodetic control points with rectangular coordinates. From captured German geodetic control book for St. Nazaire
France 1944-45
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Listing of geodetic control points with rectangular coordinates. From captured German geodetic control book for St. Nazaire
France 1944-45
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Diagrams of objects used to establish azimuth for orienting artillery. From captured German geodetic control book for St. Nazaire
France 1944-45
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Sketches with maps of various geodetic control points. From captured German geodetic control book for St. Nazaire
France 1944-45
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Group photograph of ill-fated Battery B of the 285th FAOB. Major Fair J. Bryant was executive officer and survey officer of the 285th FAOB.
Fort Sill, Oklahoma 1944
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"Malmedy Massacre" - approximately 70 members of Battery B killed after captured . Fair J. Bryant was travelling with Battery A of 285th at time of massacre. Occurred at beginning of Battle of the Bulge
Malmedy, Belgium December 17, 1944
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Commander Maurice A. Hecht at left - first instructor for radar ranging class. Observation battalion training in use of radar to determine enemy gun location
Fort Sill, Oklahoma 1944
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Officers' Sound and Flash Ranging Class No. 16. #9- Harry D. Reed; #11 - Charley Schanck; #12 C. M. Shinn
Fort Sill, Oklahoma 1944
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Typical Corps Survey Problem. Illustrating the complexity of battlefield surveying
Fort Sill, Oklahoma Post WW II
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Francis X. Popper plotting hydrographic survey in New Guinea. Regimental navigator for Army amphibious engineers. May and Larusso standing guard
New Guinea 1944
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Chart of Efate Island produced on board the PATHFINDER. Printed on board in July 1943. Green areas denote wiredrag coverage
New Hebrides, Efate Island, Pacific Ocean 1943
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Chart of Lifa-Uvea Passage produced on board the PATHFINDER. Printed on board in September 1944
Lifa-Uvea Passage, Loyalty Islands, Pacific Ocean
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Massacre Bay. HYDROGRAPHER led transports and combatants to anchorage areas during invasion
Alaska, Attu Island, Aleutian Islands 1946
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Marine mapping party working with a plane table. Photo from article in Military Engineer
Solomon Islands 1943?
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Marine photographic intelligence work. Photo from article in Military Engineer
Southwest Pacific 1943?
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Relief map of Truk Island developed to guide bombing missions. Work of Roswell Bolstad while Marine intelligence officer
Truk Islands 1944
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Approach recognition chart of Truk Islands. Chart shows varying aspects of Truk while approaching from different directions . Work of Roswell Bolstad while Marine intelligence officer
Truk Islands 1944
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Anti-aircraft battery at Guadalcanal commanded by Robert A. Earle. Early use of C&GS by Marines
Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal 1943
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Artillery survey crew of 10th Marines with 3 captured Japanese battle flags. Survey crew caught in middle of huge Japanese banzai charge at Battle of Saipan . Robert A. Earle, in center front, commanding officer of survey crew
Saipan, Marianas Islands July 13, 1944
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Artillery survey crew of 10th Marines with survey gear. Commanded by Robert A. Earle, back row 4th from left
Saipan, Marianas Islands July 13, 1944
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Amphibious landing beach on Tinian at H+5 hours. Note survey crew on left already beginning work for artillery survey
Tinian, Marianas Islands
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Measuring a baseline at low tide across reef area.
Western Pacific 1944?
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Jeremiah Morton's survey crew on Saipan. Newspaper article termed Morton and his crew "sniper bait"
Saipan, Marianas Islands July 1944
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Hydrographic survey signal on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima. This signal was erected within a short time of the famous American flag raising .
Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima February 1945
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Transportation on the upper Amazon River. Transporting survey crews of Carl Aslakson. Aslakson with Army Air 311th Air Photo Wing
Upper Amazon River, Brazil 1943
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Projection scheme for aeronautical charts of the U.S. Army Air Forces. This scheme was developed by Paul A. Smith, head of C&GS aeronautical charting. Army Air Forces routes pioneered modern commercial routes
1943
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C&GS Puerto Princesa, Philippines chart with military grid. Philippine Islands covered by C&GS charts prior to war. Charts helped U.S. forces transport men and equipment. Offensive operations planned using C&GS charts as well
Puerto Princesa, Philippines 1944
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Photo of Nazi submariner foot (?) trying to get out of submarine escape hatch. Office of Strategic Services project to find sunken vessels with new technology . Ray Tryon and John O. Phillips worked off USCGC GENTIAN in 1944. Example of early surface controlled ocean bottom photography
New York Bight area 1944
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Woman professional operating tide prediction machine. World War II opened up many opportunities for women. Over 1/2 of males with C&GS joined the Armed Services
Washington, D.C. 1944
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WEMS - The Women's Emergency Map Service. WEMS started as a joke passed to press that ran national article. Although never a formal service, women functioned in many C&GS jobs during war. By war's end, there was more truth to WEMS than cartoonist had visualized
Washington, D.C. February 1943

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