A member of the First Special Service Force with a BAR outside of Rome - June 4, 1944
The 1st Special Service Force was an elite American–Canadian commando unit in WW2
LIFE Magazine Archives - Carl Mydans Photographer

Destroyer USS Cole DD-155 off of Safi Morocco during Operation Torch - November 1942
Picture taken from USS Philadelphia CL-41
On November 8, 1942, USS Cole landed 175 men of the 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, under enemy fire on a pier at Safi, Morocco
USS Cole received the Presidential Unit Citation for her performance in this mission
USS Cole was a Wickes-class destroyer launched in 1919, she was named for Edward B. Cole, a United States Marine Corps officer who died as a result of the wounds he received at the Battle of Belleau Wood in WW1
In addition to the Presidential Unit Citation, USS Cole received three battle stars for her WW2 service, sold for scrap October 1947
LIFE Magazine Archives - Eliot Elisofon Photographer

Crew of Iowa (BB-61) on board Japanese battleship Nagato in Japan. US Forces spread Japanese flag on deck. Photographed by Iowa crew, August 1945
Demonstration of the US Army 240mm / 9.4" Howitzer Motor Carriage Model T92 Developed during WW2, the first one was ready in July 1945, they were slated for use during the planned invasion of Japan, but the war ended before they could be used in combat, the production contracts were cancelled after the Japanese Surrender The only surviving T92 is preserved at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Michigan
LIFE Magazine Archives - Mark Kauffman Photographer

A Japanese boy believed to have come under protective custody of the U.S. military is pictured in this photo taken by the U.S. military on Saipan in July 1944. A caption by the U.S. military described him as a Japanese orphan and said that he was rescued as he was about to be thrown off a cliff by his father.

In the Spring of 1942, while the enemy was rampaging through the Pacific, US Air Corps aviation cadets like my father were introduced to the AT-6 Texan (Advanced Trainer). For most of these pioneers it was their first plane with retractable landing gear. (image Wikipedia) At Grider Field in Pine Bluffs, Arkansas the young pilots practiced acrobatics and navigation over a 10-week course. They worked to advance through cadet training with the goal of becoming officers. Many washed out

A civilian couple and their baby, after being liberated by the 11th Airborne Division from the Japanese POW camp, Los Baños, Philippines. February 23, 1945

Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (Asst. Div. Cdr. 1st Infantry Div.), Major General Terry Allen (Commanding General 1st Infantry Div.), and Lieutenant General George Patton (Commander II Corps) observing the field near El Guettar, Tunisia, late Mar 1943.
United States National Archives

The Raid at Cabanatuan also known as The Great Raid was a rescue of Allied prisoners of war (POWs) and civilians from a Japanese camp near Cabanatuan City, Philippines. On January 30, 1945, during World War II, United States Army Rangers, Alamo Scouts and Filipino guerrillas liberated more than 500 from the POW camp.
Lead by Captain Juan Pajota and Lt. Col. Henry Mucci

“Ethal Woodward, mechanic helper at Camp Gruber Motor Repair Shop, investigates the carburetor in an attempt to get it back into action.” April 7th 1943. Photographer T/4 James Day, Sig. Det.


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