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NOTE : The troop newspaper STARS AND STRIPES was issued in more than 30 different editions ( daily, weekly or monthly ). Each edition was prepared by its own staff, INDEPENDENT OF THE OTHER. ( Edward J. Reese - USA General Services Administration, National Archives and Records Service )3/26/74

An alleged photo of Noah's ark was taken some time in 1943 or 1944 during World War II. This photo was then published with a story about the great ship in the military newspaper Stars and Stripes. It was also seen in its sister publication Yank here in the states at about the same time.

 

The article and photo is said to be on the front cover and it may have appeared in a Mediterranean or North African edition some time in 1943 or 1944.

 

This issue and photo could help in locating the whereabouts of the Ark. We are asking you to help us in finding this issue.

 

( The following are people who have seen or HAVE HAD the issue )

 

The following quote's are from :

 

HAS ANYONE REALLY SEEN NOAH'S ARK? - Violet Cumming's

 THE ARK, A REALITY? - Richard Bright

 

(Begin quote)

One of the earliest confirmations of the story comes through two southern

California physicians, Dr Chaunceford Mounce and a Dr Connor, both of whom

served in Algeria during the first 6 months of 1943, and in Tunisia in the

last 6 months of 43. "If you could get the Stars and Stripes of the 12th and

15th Air Force I'm certain you'd find the story about the ship on Ararat...I

saw the report on the front page of Stars and Stripes...Mediterranean copy

sometime during the summer of 43," says Mounce.

(End quote)

 

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 Another gentleman by the name of Mr. Homer Wyman who also served in Tunisia during the

 summer of 1943, clearly remembered the article in the Stars and Stripes. He said the story had

created such a sensation at the Air Force base where he was stationed, that the French chaplain had

been moved to preach a sermon about Noah and the Flood the very next day at church!

 

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Another story comes from Vince Wills who was with the 3356 Signal Installation Battalion attached

 to the Army Air Force. He clearly remembers the photo while serving

in Tunisia around the summer of '43. Said it was an aerial shot that showed

the ark shaped object protruding from the ice at an angle...

 

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Gerald Isaacs (WWII Army Air Force Staff Sergeant airplane mechanic and crew

chief) stated that he and his wife had received a Stars & Stripes magazine

with a photo of Noah's Ark several years after the war in the late 1940s.

( unlike other reports Gerald Isaacs claims that the photo of the ark and article appeared in the CENTER of the magazine, 1 1/2 pages in length. The large photo occupied most first page it was on. Gerald also claims that the magazine was send via mail to his home right here in the US )

 

The article stated that the photo was taken by the US and that the mountain identified in the article

to contain the remain of the ark was ARARAT.

He and his wife and at least one son have seen the magazine with the photo.

Gerald and his wife kept the copy until the 1980s when it was destroyed in

cleaning. He said that Noah's Ark was in a crevasse/canyon, was dark in

color, and looked like trees or timbers were lying around it. He said that

the picture showed a "V" on the left like a pyramid with a second mountain

next to it. Gerald said that it was definitely a man made structure. There

were tons of ice, snow and crystal on the mountain.

 

Gerald said, I am in Altavista, Va. in a quiet place and trying to draw a picture

of the ark. I am going back about 50 years in memory to zoom this magazine

Stars & Stripes and the picture of Noah's Ark. After praying and thinking

about this picture I want to be as honest as I can be about it.

 

1 - The picture looked like the ark had stuck into a crevice and lodged the

left side and bottom was filled with dirt.

 

2 - Two logs were broken from corner of ark and pointing up the mountain.

 

3 - It was a beautiful sunny day with blue clouds above ice and snow on the

mountain

 

4 - There trees near the ark and slightly above it.

 

5 - I believe the plane was flying from west to east about noon or

afternoon.

 

6 - I believe the ark had broken loose above picture and lodged in crevice."

 

Note the common features to other eyewitness accounts such as allegedly

being Mount Ararat, the crevasse/canyon, looked like it slid down from a

higher location, dark color, beams sticking out, two main mountain peaks,

ice, etc. as well as the unfamiliar features such as the trees.

 

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A like story that came out in 1972 from a Mrs. Oscar Wild. She wrote, " My first husband, was an

 officer in World War II (with the 73 Station Hospital). He was a MAC officer - they were in

 Constantine and Claser according to various changes in the battle in Tunisia. He cut out and sent

 back the article and picture, which was printed in the Stars and Stripes in 1943. She goes on to say

 that she remembers the picture very well! (and this is the part that makes research hard....my

personal note) That after she remarried she had done away with the

 picture along with all his other memorabilia) "

 

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There's another story about someone seeing it in Alaska around this time in

the military magazine Yank.

 

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NOTE : Since the mountain was on the direct flight route between the Allied Air Base in Tunisia and the Russian Base in Erivan ( Yerevan ) in Soviet Armenia; since hundreds of flights were made to airlift supplies from the United States' base to our allies in Russia, such stories involving the Stars and Stripes, and possible the Yank Magazine, reports at least have a strong ring of credibility.

 

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To help the search efforts, the following is a list that was put together by several Ark researchers, that searched through the Stars and Stripes back issues in both hard copies and micro film and it was not found.

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All European Editions - William A. Knowlton, Major General, USA, Superintendent, United States Military Academy, West Point - 8/12/71

European Editions bound Volumes June 1943 - Dec. 1944 - Gidgit Smith, Archives Technician, Stars and Stipes European Edition

All the 1943 Editions from North Africa, Casablanca, Oran, Algiers, Sicily, Cario & Italy from Volum number 1 in April of 1943 through January of 1944 - Gene Guerny, Lt. Col. Commander of the Armed Forces Information Service, Petagon Washington, D.C. to Louis Svoren, 5/16/73

North African of 1943 - Bernard A. Bernier Jr., The Library of Congress, Washington D.C. Army Library 1A518 Pentagon - 3/27/1974

 

If you have the Stars & Stripes or Yank issue, or have seen it (or any other photos that were taken) please contact: Michael Castellano

 

Phone 630-373-3710