November: Tarawa (1)


Andy Warhol once said that everyone would have his 15 minutes of fame! Well, during combat, time is often measured in seconds! One frequently can remember the oddities that happen in the midst of war's carnage that made you cry, laugh, or evoked extreme fear or wonder at the amazement of it all.

I had two such occasions in the 76 hours it took to conquer that sand spit of Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, which was not any larger than Central Park in New York City. My weapon was a motion picture camera, and my responsibility was to document this first ever, by the Marine Corps, amphibious attack against a heavily fortified beachhead. Read the entire article.