A Soldier’s Son – US Troops in Hawaii (1934 +/-)

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” — George S. Patton

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When I was a teenager, I heard my father talk about being stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. Among his photos were a number of pictures taken in Hawaii including those of celebrities and his buddies at work and play.

FDR visited Hawaii in 1934 and I believe the photograph below was taken during that trip. One of his sons sits next to him in the car.

FDR and his son (Probably Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr.) visit Hawaii - 1934
FDR and his son (Probably Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr.) visit Hawaii – 1934

size – 4.5 x 2.75 square including white space

NOTE – While there was no annotation on this photograph, there are similar pictures in the historical archives such as this one linked below.

Presidents aren’t the only noteworthy visitors to meet and greet America’s troops. Young Shirley Temple also visited soldiers in Hawaii.

Young Shirley Temple visits American soldiers in Hawaii
Young Shirley Temple visits American soldiers in Hawaii
size – 4 x 2.8 including white space

While this cannot be verified, my assumption is this photograph of Shirley Temple with a glass of soda was taken during that same trip. The photograph was sitting alongside the others.

Shirley Temple with a glass of soda and what appears to be a puppy
size – 2.75 x 4.5 including white space

Also bundled with the photographs above, was this picture which I am also “guessing” is of actress Sonja Henie who was with Shirley Temple during her visit to Hawaii. Any information to correct the record would be appreciated.

Sonja Henie visiting Hawaii with Shirley Temple

Sonja Henie visiting Hawaii with Shirley Temple.
size – 2.75 x 4.5 including white space

NOTE – This page (link below) contains a different photograph of Sonja Henie with Shirley Temple –


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2 thoughts on “A Soldier’s Son – US Troops in Hawaii (1934 +/-)

  • October 17, 2023 at 8:27 am

    My father was also stationed at Schofield. His name was Robert Lee Stewart and was the model for Pruitt in From Here to Eternity and Witt in Thin Red Line, this can be verified easily. He was close friends with author James Jones. I have a signed and very early presentation edition of the book #28 with a hand written note from James Jones written inside the cover to my father. Im wondering who your father was and if they knew each other ? Historian Paul Maggione has written about my father and the 25th infantry div. I have several original pics from schofield and was wondering if any of the pics you have might include my father. I actually have an original pic of 4 soldiers on break in New Caledonia but only 2 names are written on the back. Morales, and Bill Lewis
    Thanks, Robert Stewart

    • November 13, 2023 at 6:01 am


      Thanks for this information which contributes to the story and keeps clarifying the history. – J. Ross


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