~ contributed by Jodi Kearns
Psychologist Dr. Robert S. Waldrop was a chaplain aboard the USS Benevolence, a hospital ship stationed in Japanese waters during summer and fall of 1945 after the atomic bombs were dropped.
In a blog post from 2012, you can read more about Dr. Waldrop’s contributions and you can listen to a 2012 recording of conversation between Dr. Waldrop and CHP Director Dr. David Baker discussing these photographs and Dr. Waldrop’s work on the USS Benevolence.
Dr. Waldrop captured photographs with own camera during his 1945 deployment to Japan. Low-resolution images of the whole collection are available for review in the CHP online repository: http://collections.uakron.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15960coll2/id/4944. In this post, we give a close-up excerpt of this collection.
On September 2, 1945, the Japanese surrendered. Dr. Waldrop captured the spontaneous prayer vigil held at the announcement of the end of the war.
Released prisoners and other patients of Allied forces were transported to the USS Benevolence for treatment.
Dr. Waldrop played his instrument in the USS Benevolence 14-piece band.
The USO visited the deck of the hospital ship. (I think the performer in the hat might be Eddie Bracken. What do you think?)
Dr. Waldrop and his shipmates also spent time in the skiesand on the land surveying the damage caused by the atomic bombs dropped on Japan.
This rich collection of photographs can be viewed in its entirety in our online repository and onsite with a scheduled visit. Also check out the finding aid for more information about the Robert S. Waldrop papers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a research appointment.