Mementoes of a civilian driver

Pass book showing Jim Patton's photograph."Images courtesy of the US National Archives and Records and the Beech Hill Association"

Pass book showing Jim Patton's photograph."Images courtesy of the US National Archives and Records and the Beech Hill Association"

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Retired school teacher Philomena Doherty (nee Patton) treasures her father’s official pass book from the time he worked as a civilian driver for the US Navy and Marine Corps.

James Patton enjoyed his work and continued in the employment of the US Navy until 1973.

Jim Patton's pass book showing the stamps for some of the individual sites that made up Base One Europe."Images courtesy of the US National Archives and Records and the Beech Hill Association"

Jim Patton's pass book showing the stamps for some of the individual sites that made up Base One Europe."Images courtesy of the US National Archives and Records and the Beech Hill Association"

His pass book is of interest because it names the various camps that made up the US Naval Operating Base including Beech Hill. The stamps are countersigned by JJ Dugan and JS Hudson, two of the senior Marine Corps Officers based in Derry in WWII and whose children have provided much material for the museum at the Beech Hill Country 
House Hotel.