WW2 Photos

Department of the Navy photos from National Archives and Records Administration or Library of Congress unless otherwise noted. Photographer credited if known.

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Iwo Jima beachead looking toward Mt. Suribachi.  February 1945

Fifth Marines break for religious services on Iwo Jima. (Sgt. L. R. Burmeister)

Marines raise the flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima,  February 23, 1945.  (Joe Rosenthal, AP)

The black sands of Iwo Jima with Mt. Suribachi in background.  February 1945.

U.S. Marines on Tarawa.
November 1943.  (WO Obie Newcomb Jr)

Tough going for contested turf at Tarawa Atoll. November 1943.  

Coast Guardsman pays the ultimate price at his battle station on the USS Menges (DE-320) in the Mediterranean.
(PhoM1c Arthur Greene)

Marines post appreciation to Coast Guard for the ride to the beach.  Guam 1944.

Coast Guard LST lands Marines during Cape Gloucester, New Britain invasion.  December 24, 1943. (PhoM1c Don C. Hansen)

Kenneth Bratton USN, lifted from a TBF "Avenger" turret on USS Saratoga (CV-3) after a raid on Rabul.    November 1943.  (Lt Wayne Miller)

Marine PFC Douglas Lightheart (right) cradles his 30-cal. machine gun while he and PFC Gerald Churchby  take a break on  Peleliu Island.  September 14, 1944.  (Cpl. H. H. Clements) 

TBF "Avengers" over Norfolk, Virginia.  September 1942.

Chaplain N.D. Lindner officiates at a memorial service on USS South Dakota (BB-57) for shipmates killed in action in the Battle of Guam .  June 19, 1944

Flights of F4U "Corsairs" and F6F "Hellcats" over the USS Missouri (BB-63).  VJ Day August 1945.

Coast Guard landing craft deliver the Army to the beach during the invasion of Luzon.  January 9, 1945.  (PhoM1c Ted Needham)

Marine stretcher bearers on Peleliu September 1944. (Sgt T. D. Barnett)

Navy Chaplain holds Mass for Marines on Saipan.  June 1944.  (Sgt. Steele)

Shipboard brief for Tarawa invasion. November 1943.

Marine Raiders with K9 partners on Bougainville.   November/December 1943. (T.Sgt. J. Sarno)

Aviation Ordancemen load a SBD "Dauntless."  NAS Norfolk.  September 1942.

SNJ "Texan" with the Aviation Machinist Mates.  NATC Kingville Field, Texas.
November 1942.

USS Rehoboth (AVP-50) in port Freemantle, Australia.  (Freemantle News)

Navy gunner draws a bead.

PT boat patrols off the coast of New Guinea.  1943

USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) and USS Colorado (BB-45) followed by three cruisers at Lingayen Gulf, preceding the landing at Luzon, Philippines.
January 1945.

Liberty party returns to the USS Casablanca (CVE-55) from Rara Island, off  Pitylieu Island, Manus.  April 19, 1945. (PhoM1c R. W. Mowday)

USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) hit by two Kamikazes in 30 seconds off  Kyushu, JP.  Dead-372 / Wounded-264.  11 May 1945

Marine F4U "Corsair" rocket attack during Battle for Okinawa, Japan.   June 1945. (Lt Dave Duncan)

IJN torpedo bomber explodes after direct hit by 5" shell from  aircraft carrier off Kwajalein.  View from USS Yorktown (CV-10).  December 4, 1943.  (CPhoM. Alfred N. Cooperman)

Bluejacket mans twin 50 caliber machine gun mount on a PT boat off New Guinea.  July 1943

F6F "Hellcat" pilots pose after shooting down 17 of 20 Japanese planes heading for Tarawa.  USS Lexington (CV-16). November 1943.  (CDR Edward Steichen)

Army Air Corps B-25 lifts off from the deck of the USS Hornet (CV-8) to take part in first U.S. air raid on Japan.  Doolittle Raid - 18 April 1942.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt congratulates Lt. Butch O'Hare, USNR, upon receipt of America's highest award, The Medal of Honor.

Japanese plane shot down attempting to attack USS Kitkun Bay (CVE-71).  Near Mariana Islands.  June 1944.

USS Iowa (BB-61) firing during gunnery drill in the Pacific.  1944.

Marine amphibious landing on Tinian Atoll.  July 1944

F6F Hellcat.  USS Yorktown (CV-10).  November 1943.

Marine pilots of VMF-214 "Black Sheep" re-fly a mission around Major Boyington.

USS Saratoga (CV-3) with deck load of SBD, F4F and TBD. Circa June 1942 - June 1943.

F4U Corsairs at USMC field on Majuro, Marshall Islands.

VMF-214 "Black Sheep"  officers on F4U Corsair. (NNAM)

Marine F4U-1 Esperitu Santa March 1944. (NNAM)

USMC officer's summer uniform. (LOC)

USMC officer's blue uniform. (LOC)

USMC aviation officer's winter green uniform.  (LOC)

USMC officer's summer white uniform.  (LOC)

USMC band uniform. (LOC)

USMC enlisted summer uniform.  (LOC)

Marine on rifle range with M1 Garand.

Marine recruits at Paris Island c1942. (LOC)

Marine truck driver.  (LOC)

Navy Ordnanceman mounts PBY-5a Catalina with 30 cal. machine gun. (LOC)

Lt. Ted Williams signs baseballs at Panama City, Florida.