John Rixham, 1st Sgt
"1st Sgt John Rixham from 'Strike' 17th Tact. Recon Sqdn" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Rixham Demoted. Among his commanding officers, the fate of 1st Sgt John W. Rixham was perhaps the most ironic. As Hill told the story to Martha, he noted, 'I'll bet I could be gone a week, and unless Martin reported me to the present acting First Sergeant or my name came up for CQ or similar, I'd never be missed.' Earlier in the war, Maj William G. Tennile and two other pilots and crews, had died while successfully attacking a Japanese convoy attempting to reinforce their troops on Biak." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Dobodura, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill