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A crane lowers Ron Spooner's jeep into a "duck" boat getting ready to cross the Rhine river. Photo: Ron Spooner
A crane lowers Ron Spooner's jeep into a "duck" boat getting ready to cross the Rhine river. Photo: Ron Spooner

Memories of post-WWII Germany, in "duck" photos

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Earlier this month, we reported on the discovery of what might be the wreckage of a 10th Mountain Division "duck" vehicle that sank during World War 2 in Italy.

The 10th Mountain Division is now based at Fort Drum. Its association said it hoped the discovery would also shed light on the remains of the 24 soldiers who drowned in the accident.

Well, one veteran in the Watertown area heard that story and took out his own photos of "duck" vehicles.

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The "duck" vehicle prepares for the crossing. Photo: Ron Spooner.
The "duck" vehicle prepares for the crossing. Photo: Ron Spooner.
Ron Spooner is a retired artist, 31 year Army veteran, and a long-time board member of the Association of the U.S. Army in Watertown.

He sent us these amazing grainy, black-and-white photos from his tour of duty in post-World War 2 Germany. In a dense fog, a crane is lifting a jeep into a "duck" - a truck that also functions as a boat. Silhouettes of soldiers look on.

Spooner spoke with David Sommerstein about the moment he took those photos and life in Germany in 1955.

The "duck" vehicle in the water. Photo: Ron Spooner.
The "duck" vehicle in the water. Photo: Ron Spooner.

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