I have NOT seen where any determination of copyright "ownership" has been established today for these images. To make matters worse, seldom are these photos identified as being taken by a media photographer on the 80-G mounting card captions. A similar issue, which has been more or less solved by age of the photo, are early USN photos taken during WWI, shortly after WWI, and earlier. The USN didn't have a dedicated photographic organization for taking photos of USN ships until about WWI. They relied on photos taken by crewmen or bought (or requested at no cost) photos from private photographers. There are many such early photos in 80-G that clearly have the stamp/emboss of a private photographer. But, that photographer (and in most cases the firm he worked for) are long gone and the copyright has expired.
: You can get this image and use it for free
: from NARA.
: Or you can pay Getty Images $575 for the
: right to use the image.