Anonymous World War II Couple Visits Unknown Soldier

Sailor of woman at the Tomb of the Unknown Solder in 1943 (Library of Congress)
Sailor and girlfriend at the Tomb of the Unknown Solder in 1943 (Library of Congress)

This is an amazing old color photo that I came across on the Library of Congress’ website. It was taken by John Collier in May 1943. The unnamed sailor at left appears to be somewhere between 19 to 24 and is visiting Arlington National Cemetery with his girlfriend.

The photo is one of a large collection transferred to the Library of Congress from the Office of War Information in 1944. It’s one of those powerful photos that you can stare at for a long time, and I wonder who these two are. What are their names? What happened to them during and after the way?

The best photos are below.

Sailor kneeling by the Tomb of the Unknown in 1943 (Library of Congress)
Sailor kneeling by the Tomb of the Unknown in 1943 (Library of Congress)
Sailor proposes to girlfriend at Tomb of the Unknown in 1943 (Library of Congress)
Sailor proposes to girlfriend at Tomb of the Unknown in 1943 (Library of Congress)

It looks like the sailor proposed to his girlfriend here, possibly before he went off to war in the Pacific.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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