Here’s another photograph of my husband’s grandfather while he was stationed in Okinawa in 1947. Another candid photo, I love that it captures their living quarters. James’ bed is all tucked up, with barely a wrinkle in the sheets. The intense mosquito netting encloses the bed. I’ve read that standing water, especially in the rice paddies, as well as pig farms, act as mosquito breeding grounds in Okinawa, so I guess the reasoning behind that netting is quite valid!
The bed looks thin and hard, lacking any sort of luxury. At least the pillow looks somewhat fluffy. I’m also surprised at how bare and devoid of personal possessions the room is. There is something hanging on the back wall from the string rigging the mosquito netting up, but I can’t tell if it is a case for something (binoculars, camera, goggles), or if it’s a camera.
Captures moments like this are great because they not only show us life in a different time, but also illustrate military life, as well as the hardships of being stationed overseas.