W. Eugene Smith was one of LIFE’s most celebrated photographers. His World War II pictures (like this one at the Battle of Saipan, a pivotal but costly American victory in 1944) are as vivid as any war photos ever taken.
“Marines Leave the Front Lines at Saipan”
- Injured Marine is lifted by a litter hoist, 1945 — Wounded on Okinawa, a Marine is lifted by a litter hoist from a landing craft to a Navy hospital ship on October 14, 1945. This type of hoist is used when rough water makes typing up at the gangway of the hospital ship hazardous. Share the History Love... [...]
- V-J Celebration in St. Louis, 1945 — V-J Day celebration on Washington Avenue in St. Louis with two young women riding on the hood of a car, 1945. Share the History Love... [...]
- Alexander Milliner: Washington’s favorite drummer boy — Alexander Milliner enlisted as a drummer boy who served in Gen. Washington’s Life Guard unit. He was reportedly a favorite of Washington’s, often playing at his personal request. He was present at the battles of Brandywine, Monmouth – where he was shot in the thigh after a bullet passed through his drum – Saratoga, White Plains, [...]
- Navy nurses receiving packages from home, WWII — Two recently arrived Navy nurses at a Navy Hospital in the South Pacific (possibly Guadalcanal) receive their first package from home. It includes books, candy and lounging pajamas. Share the History Love... [...]
- “In the Badlands,” 1904 — Three Native Americans are shown on horseback with the Badlands silhouetted behind them. Edward Sheriff Curtis took this photograph, titled “In the Badlands”, in 1904. Share the History Love... [...]