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Where Marines Go, Their Pinups Go
This photo comes from the Library of Congress and was taken in 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa . The American Marines on this landing barge are just outside the Tarawa Atoll and are a part of the first American offensive in the central Pacific region. This battle was considered especially hellish because this was the first time that the United States faced serious Japanese opposition to an amphibious landing. The 4,500 Japanese defenders were well-supplied and well-prepared, and they fought almost to the last man, exacting a heavy toll on the United States Marine Corps. Here is the description taken from the Library of Congress.
“Photograph shows American Marines on a landing barge approaching the Japanese-held island of Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, in the Pacific; one of the Marines shows at picture of pin-up girl to others. Tarawa burns in the background.”
The full size black and white photo is below along with my full size colorization & restoration. Feel free to leave any comments or questions below.