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    I'm not sure if the file I've attached is even visible - using mom's scanner which I'm unfamiliar with. Would appreciate anyone's thoughts. The family story was always that my grandpa was in the merchant marines. I know he was covered in tattoos from head to foot that he supposedly got from all the different ports. We have no papers to confirm this. Only recently while going thru some photos that a dearly departed aunt had, we found the attached photo of my grandpa, the only one I've ever seen of him in uniform. I've no idea if it's genuine or not. The writing on the hat says something like "...STELL(A)" I note there are no *****es on the sleeves. He would have served in the 19-teens, either before or during WWI. I have not been able to find a ship with that as the end of the word and there seems to be very little info on pre WWII USMM. I'm sorry to bother you with a request, but I'm not really sure where else to look. I'm happy to go elsewhere if you point me in a direction. Without more specific info, I don't think the USMM will be able to help.
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    Can you post a scan of the backside (with the writing) as well?
    Good quality scan btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fakum12 View Post
    Can you post a scan of the backside (with the writing) as well?
    Good quality scan btw.

    Fakum,

    The back is a postcard made by Modern Studios in Philadelphia. Nothing written on it except my aunt's writing which says, "Pop" and some numbers.

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    Ok, that really does not help. :-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fakum12 View Post
    Ok, that really does not help. :-/
    I know! Sorry! I was shocked to see this photo as I though I'd seen everything my aunt had and then I found this.

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    A bit of a shot in the dark, but could the ship name on his cap be the USS Constellation?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Con...ion_%281854%29

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    Indeed, could be "N" before the "S".
    And there is no ship with the letters "stell" in the USMM.

    very little info on pre WWII USMM
    At least they have some kind of records of the ships that were in service for the USMM.
    http://www.usmm.org/ships.html

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    Macac sylv**** - it just could be! I'll go with it in the absence of any other ideas. Thanks a mill.

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    These are examples of sailors from the Constellation, uniforms are very similar if not identical, try a name search on the site. Good Luck!

    http://www.americanheritage.com/cont...n-safford-1920

    http://www.americanheritage.com/content/leo-bachman

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    Macaca sylv**** - Dad is insisting he was a merchant marine and not a sailor - that it was his opinion that he worked on all different ships. Could this photo be my grand dad just dressing up? I think he should have some more on his uniform, a *****e on the sleeve, or at the shoulder, or something? His hat is not straight (not surprising knowing what I know about him) but in every other photo the name Constellation is clearly visible. The mystery continues! But thanks a mill for your suggestions!

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    [*******#333333]the ship name on his cap be the USS Constellation[/COLOR]

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    Could this photo be my grand dad just dressing up?
    I doubt it.

    I think he should have some more on his uniform, a *****e on the sleeve, or at the shoulder, or something?
    No, not necessarily.

    Dad is insisting he was a merchant marine and not a sailor
    Hard to say, but it's a long time....

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    sent u a PM . check ur mailbox. i hope this works for you. and good luck!

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