Dear Mr. Kauten,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Photographs of various Navy ships and activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at email@example.com. Their web page is Photographs and Graphic Works in College Park, Maryland. See also their blog entitled How to Research: Photographs Relating to World War II Navy Ships for more information.
We searched online and located photographs of the USS Whitehurst on the following two websites, however none of them are labeled as being from May 1945
- Naval History and Heritage Command
- NavSource Online (unofficial website, not affiliated with US Navy)
The following organization might have pictures or be able to advise you regarding further research sources.
- Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
- Destroyer Escort Historical Museum Archives and Special Collections
- The National Association of Destroyer Veterans
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!