World War II Naval Service

USS Juniata (IX-77)

WW2 Photos Of TeVega

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-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --
USS Juniata (IX-77), 1942-1945
USS Juniata, a 242-ton auxiliary schooner, was built in 1930 in Germany by Krupp for an American owner as the yacht Etak. Renamed Vega in 1938, she was placed in U. S. Navy service in August 1942. Based in San Francisco, she was one of several ships assigned to patrol the great circle route between that port and Hawaii. Her normal station was around 500 miles west of Eureka, California. Juniata was placed out of service in January 1945 and was sold by the Maritime Commission to a private owner in June 1945.

This page features our only view of USS Juniata.

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-j/ix77.htm


USS - Juniata
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Juniata - Aft Deck From Aloft Under Sail
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Aft Deck Helmsman Under Sail
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Amidships Looking Forwardjpg
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Fore Deck Looking Aft Starboard Side
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Fore Deck Looking Aft Under Sail
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Fore Deck Looking Aloft Under Sail
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Fore Deck Rigging Aloft Under Sail
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Port Amidships Looking Forward
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Starboard Amidships Looking Aft
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Starboard Amidships Looking Forwardjpg
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WW2 - 01 - Te Vega Starboard Amidshps Looking Aft
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- Te Vega Bow - Sam Mcgeachy
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- Te Vega Bow
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- Te Vega Starboard Fore Deck
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- Te Vega Aft Deck Small Deckhouse
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- Te Vega Starboard Main Mast Looking Forward
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- Te Vega Two Sailors
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- Te Vega - Helmsman
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- Te Vega Port Quarter Deck Looking Aft
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10 - Te Vega Helmsman From Starboard
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11 - Te Vega Port Amidships Looking Forward
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12 - Te Vega Starboard Bow - Two Sailors
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13 - Te Vega Starboard Fore Deck Looking Aft
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14 - Te Vega Fore Sail Furled
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15 - Te Vega Foredeck Smokers
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16 - Te Vega - Guns - 160001
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17 - Te Vega Healed Over - Helm
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19 - Te Vega Sailor
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20 - Te Vega Bow Deck Equipment - Older Sailor
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21 - Te Vega Helm - Sam Mcgeachy
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From: GEORGE [mailto:glh80@charter.net]
Sent: Sunday, September 06, 2009 6:17 PM
To: Palmer Stevens
Subject: Twentyone photos of the Juniata IX-77

My Uncle Sam McGeachy sailed aboard as I believe in 1942-43. Ensign McGeachy had just completed a 16 week course on Diesel Power Plants at the Univ. of Calif.. When he was assigned to the Juniata.
I have several 3x4 snapshots of the crew and deck scenes while undersail. I have searched for a photo of Ray Harder to see if he is in any of the photos, but no luck. I wanted to see if he was aboard at the same time as my Uncle!

These snapshots were developed at OWL DRUG in San Francisco, so I'm not concerned about "copyright"!
The top left is my Uncle Ensign McGeachy, don't know others. Please note the LifeRing in the bottom photo imprinted IX-77.

Ensign Sam McGeachy, Engineering Officer of the Juniata, please credit his son Tim McGeachy for sending the photos. Sam's photo is #WW2-21.

I grew up in San Francisco out near the Sea Cliff Area, went swimming at China Beach. I watched the
China Clippers flying west through the Gate, saw
Amelia Earhart fly by in 37, walked across the bridge when it opened. I'm sure I even saw the
Juniata sail by in 42. two years later I was on a ship myself.
Enough of my rambling.


Is Ray Harder in any of these photos?
Is Ray's Book still for sale?

ENJOY the photos as much as I have!

George Harper

Ray Harder Talk On His Time On Te Vega

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