Floyd Andrew Yockim
Tour of Duty
Steven Andrew Yockim
For Our Mother and Father,
You Meant the World to All of Us
Many of the photos in this document were taken and developed by Floyd Andrew Yockim during his Tour of Duty on the Island of Okinawa from July 3, 1945-March 23, 1946. Some were taken during his basic training at Fort Douglas, near Salt Lake City, Utah or Buckley Field in Denver, Colorado. The many photos of Floyd taken by friends were developed by him. Sergeant Yockim operated a Dark Room on the base in Okinawa and was one of the few servicemen there who knew how to develop film. I have no knowledge how or where he acquired this skill by the age of twenty, however, his creative and active temperament probably encouraged this development.
Credit is also given to Floyd's young fiancée, Violet Pauline Yadon, who carefully collected these photos, sent home by Floyd, and preserved them for posterity. Offended or embarrassed by the content of some of the photos, Violet kept them hidden from her children until they were well past the age of consent.
Many of the photos and drawings were publicly available to Floyd. I have included these in this book, as Floyd took the time to send them home, so they must have had special meaning or interest for him. Since these items are over sixty years old, I could not find documentation as to their source and leave it to the reader to determine which photos belonged solely to Sergeant Yockim.
Floyd Andrew Yockim 39 621 603 Sergeant
7th Air Force 26th Battalion Squadron 11th Bomber Group
World War II Tour of Service
Radio Operator, Mechanic, Gunner
Army Air Force Air Crew Member Badge
American Theater Service Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Asiatic Pacific Service Medal
United States Army Class A Sergeant Rank Bars
United States Army Class A Overseas Service Bars
Criteria: Army Overseas Service Bars are worn on an Army uniform to represent the cumulative amount of time spent overseas, meaning one bar could be earned for each 6-month
deployment. A service member may be presented multiple Overseas Service Bars in cases where several years were spent in an overseas combat zone. Multiple Overseas Service Bars are worn simultaneously, extending vertically on the sleeve of the uniform.