(photo courtesy of Don F. Roban)

Rest and Relaxation on the beach at Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, May 1945.
The crew of the USS Davenport is shown taking a well-earned rest after having worked continuously for more one month straight. S1/c Burton Zatlin is sitting directly below the standing sailor with the sunglasses and RM2/c Rainey J. Brown is sitting in the sand at the far left of this photo.

Another photo taken on the beach at Mers-el-Kébir, Algeria, May 1945.
S1/c Burton Zatlin is in the middle of the middle row in this photo.

(photo courtesy of Tom Bretz)

CSM Tom Bretz (top), CBM Jack Guerry (left) and CQM Harry Kroger (right) perched on a new-found friend.

(photo courtesy of Bill Smuda)

Left to right: GM2/c William J. Smuda, S1/c Joseph A. Russo, S1/c Edmund Antoszewski and a local child pose with
the same "ship of the desert" and its owner.   Russo and Antoszewski were Gunner’s Mate Strikers who worked for Bill.

(photo courtesy of Rainey Brown)

On the road from Mers-el-Kébir to Oran, Algeria.

(photo courtesy of Rainey Brown)

The Fort de Mers-el-Kébir.

(photo courtesy of Rainey Brown)

Close-up of the Fort de Mers-el-Kébir.