August 6, 1969. These Marines are from Co.H, 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, headed up Hill 825, approximately five miles east of An Hoa, 20 miles southeast of Da Nang. Photographer is SSgt. A. J. Sharp. [Vietnam Magazine]

A largely intact floating wreckage of a Japanese Navy Mitsubishi G4M Type 1 land attack plane (Allied code name “Betty”), which crashed during the aerial torpedo attack on the Allied invasion force off Tulagi Island on 8 August 1942. The photo was taken from the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Ellet (DD-398). 8 August 1942. [US Naval History and Heritage Command / 80-K-G-383]



A bazooka team of the 94th Infantry Division, take position in the rubble of Orscholz, Germany. February 19, 1945.

75 years ago

🇺🇸 US Navy Corpsman at Khe Sanh, date unknown. I’ve posted this one before.

February 17, 1945, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Owen Francis Patrick Hammerberg gives his life saving two fellow U.S. Navy divers trapped during salvage operations at Pearl Harbor’s West Loch. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. In 1954, USS Hammerberg (DE-1015) is named in his honor. [Naval History & Heritage Command]

Knights Cross of the Iron Cross recipient General Max Pfeffer, commanding IV Corps of the Wehrmacht’s Sixth Army during the Battle of Stalingrad. He surrendered his command to the Soviets in January, 1943. He was convicted of war crimes by the Soviets and died in captivity in 1955.

Marshal Vasily Chuikov, hero of Stalingrad, was born 120 years ago today.

A soldier of the U.S. 7th Marines carries a puppy in his pocket after rescuing it during an operation southwest of Da Nang in Vietnam, 1968.

🇺🇸 February 9, 1943, organized Japanese resistance on Guadalcanal ends, bringing to a close the battle that started in August 1942. The wreck of the Japanese troop transport Kinugawa Maru, pictured below, is a symbol of Japan’s defeat on Guadalcanal. [Naval History & Heritage Command]