M4 Sherman 'Cairo' disabled by land mine, Iwo Jima, Japan, Feb 1945; note heavy wooden side planking meant to protect against magnetic demolition charges.
United States Marine Corps

3 April 8, 1945-PFC Urban R. 'Frenchy' Vachon (Laconia, New Hampshire) is having a little rest after hours of fierce fighting during the Battle of Okinawa. In the picture, sitting behind Frenchy, is the legendary war correspondent Ernie Pyle who was killed by Japanese machine gun fire only ten days later, on April 18th, 1945.

LVCPs group towards the Line of Departure . The LCVP just beyond is from USS President Jackson (APA-18). A PT boat, two attack transports (APA) and a LST are in the distance. Photographed from a PT boat, one of whose twin .50 caliber machine guns are visible in the foreground. Empress Augusta Bay, off the Bougainville beachhead, 20 November 1943.

Surrender of Japanese forces on Wake Island onboard USS Levy DE-162 - September 4, 1945
Pictured is Japanese Rear Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese Paymaster Lieutenant P. Hisao Napasato, US Marine Brigadier General Lawson H. M. Sanderson, and US Army Sergeant Larry Watanabe, official interpreter at the surrender
Shigematsu Sakaibara was later sentenced to death for war crimes that occurred on Wake Island, notably the execution of 98 US civilian workers on October 7, 1943, Sakaibara was hanged on June 18, 1947
Original Color and B/W Pictures
LIFE Magazine Archives - Eliot Elisofon Photographer

4th Armored Division Stuart tank knocked out by a mine in a Coutances street on July 30th 1944
This genuine wartime color photo was taken in TUNISIA. 1943. These paratroopers from the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 82nd Airborne Division are enjoying some of the locally grown watermelons.

USS Washington BB-56 followed by USS Wichita CA-45 photographed from HMS Victorious (R38) during joint USN/RN Operations in the Atlantic/Arctic April 25 - May 3, 1942
IWM - Parnall, C H (Lt) Photographer

US Personnel in Buna, Papua New Guinea with a Japanese Fan & Dutch Klewang Naval Cutlass, probably recaptured from the Japanese - 1943
LIFE Magazine Archives - George Strock Photographer

Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969) at noon on the side of the road in Tunisia. The general's lunch consisted of the C and hot diet, which was kept warm by the general's car radiator.

The damaged Fletcher-Class Destroyer USS Hazelwood DD-531 passes under the Golden Gate Bridge on her way to Mare Island Naval Shipyard for repairs - June 1945
On April 29, 1945, USS Hazelwood was hit by two Japanese Kamikaze planes while off of Okinawa
Hit by Hazelwood's guns, the first Kamikaze, out of control, grazed a 5” gun mount and crashed into the sea
The second Kamikaze, diving from a low-hanging cloud, hit Hazelwood in the bridge superstructure and exploded with burning gasoline spilling over the decks and bulkheads Ten officers and 67 crew were killed, including the Commanding Officer, Cmdr. V. P. Douw
Hazelwood’s engineering officer, Lt. (j.g.) C. M. Locke, took command directing the surviving crew in repairing the damage and aiding wounded
With some towing assistance, USS Hazelwood reached Ulithi on May 5 for temporary repairs and then sailed to Mare Island Naval Shipyard with a stop at Pearl Harbor
Permanent repairs were completed in September 1945 after Japan had already surrendered
Hazelwood was decommissioned in January 1946 and was placed in reserve, but was
recommissioned in September 1951 for the Korean War
In 1958 Hazelwood was fitted with an experimental flight deck for testing helicopters and helicopter drones for ASW service
Decommissioned again in March 1965, Hazelwood was sold in April 1976 for scrap
Hazelwood received 10 Battle Stars for her WW2 service
LIFE Magazine Archives - Thomas Mcavoy Photographer


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