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Death of a Tank - Okinawa

The Death of a Sherman Tank and her crew on Okinawa, 1945

This sad footage shows an USMC M4A3 Sherman Tank of the 6th Tank Battalion burning after hitting a heavy Japanese IED – typically an aircraft bomb or artillery shell in conjunction with an anti-tank mine – on Okinawa, Japan in 1945. Nearby soldiers who got wounded by the explosion are carried away from the battlefield. …

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Alpha One Sixteen

REVIEW: Alpha One Sixteen: A Combat Infantryman’s Year in Vietnam

Peter Clark’s year in Vietnam began in July 1966, when he was shipped out with hundreds of other young recruits, as a replacement in the 1st Infantry Division. Clark was assigned to the Alpha Company. Clark gives a visceral, vivid and immediate account of life in the platoon, as he progresses from green recruit to …

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Members of the 77th Co, 6th Machine Gun Battalion & French poilus near Belleau Wood.

US Marines at Belleau Wood and Blanc Mont during World War 1

In 1918, World War I was in its fourth year. Imperial Russia had succumbed to the Communist Revolution and capitulated to Imperial Germany. In the West, a race against time was on. The Allies of Great Britain and France were watching with mounting concern as German armies from the Eastern Front began reinforcing those on …

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Stanley Johnson Collage

Marine UH-34D Pilot Missing since Vietnam War Finally Accounted For

Marine Corps 1st Lt. Stanley Johnson, who went missing during the Vietnam War in 1965, has now finally been accounted for. On December 3, 1965, Stanley G. Johnson was the co-pilot of an UH-34D helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. The aircraft was carrying a full complement …

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US Marine James D. OTTO

Marine Cpl. Missing since WWII in Tarawa Accounted For

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced yesterday Dec. 4 that the remains of a serviceman, unaccounted for since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Marine Corporal James D. Otto, born in Los Angeles, was only 20 years old. He will be buried …

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First Row: Tech. Sgt. Carlos Steele, Cpl. Jack Ely, Sgt Ferman H. Dixon, Staff Sgt. John F. Ercole, Cpl. E. Newcomb, and Sgt. Ernest J. Diet. Second Row: Pvt. Chris G. Demo, Sgt. Forrest Owens, Cpl. Jim R. Orton, and Cpl. Raymond Matjasic Back Row: Sgt. Roy Olund, Capt. Louis Hayward, Marine Gunner John F. Leopold, Staff Sgt. Norman Hatch. Pfc. William Kelliher was not present for the picture.

Combat cameramen won Oscar for covering Battle of Tarawa

There were a lot of big name winners at the 17th Annual Academy Awards in 1945, Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, and… the United States Marine Corps. That’s right, USMC Combat Cameramen won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short for their coverage of the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. Tarawa was unique because of the coverage …

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