PORTLAND (WGME) – A Portland man is asking for help in his effort to learn more about his father’s past in the Army.
Dana Perkins was cleaning out his parents’ closet filled with photos and memories when a mysterious tin caught his eye.
“My sister and I were looking at it like, ‘What’s that?’ And we opened it up and it’s full of black and white film negatives,” he said.
The negatives, hundreds of them, were taken by his dad while he worked in the army as a radio operator in Pearl Harbor. The photos are not of bombs and bullets but rather what day to day life was like at the base.
The photos show Richard Perkins as a musician with a funny side.
“Here’s a picture of Dad wearing a grass skirt and mop on his head to look like one of the hula girls,” Dana Perkins said.
Perkins said his father was humble about his time serving his country, often not speaking about it to his children.
“His explanation to us was the real heroes are the ones that didn’t make it back,” he said.
Now Perkins is hoping to figure out who the other Army men and locals that his father photographed in Hawaii are. He is working to get the word out so that he can have more answers and maybe more stories.
“We figured these people were important to Dad. We didn’t even know this tin existed before he passed away and so now we’re trying to play catch-up and get in contact with these families and find out who these people are,” he said.
All of the images of people he wants to identify have been posted to his website. He hopes to get some answers to add to the growing legacy of his father.
“We’re not sure what we’re going to do with the prints but we think they’d be of great interest to other people,” he said.