(A retroactive blog by Hunter Desportes)
Robert DesPortes was born in 1927 in Winnsboro, South Carolina.
The first large group of photos in this collections begins in 1945 in Tientsin (now Tianjin) China with the US Marines, During the following 10 years, where he courted and married my mother, Daisy Hunter, are pictures of her and Columbia, his family and Winnsboro, along with some fishing and duck hunting trips. After children appear on the scene in 1952, most of the picture are of us growing up.
End of World War II
18 year old Robert DesPortes was sent to Guam from California in the Spring of 1945 to be part of an eventual invasion of the Japanese mainland.
Guam, Summer of 1945
The war ended before his group of mostly new recruits could get there, and they were instead sent to China in late 1945 where they were stationed in Tientsin (now Tianjin). One of their primary jobs was to help repatriate captured Japanese prisoners of war.
After nearly a year in China, these lucky warriors, head back to the US in the Fall of 1946.
Boat to Home