Charging Japanese soldiers were mowed down by U. Marine small-arms and artillery fire during the night attack of September on Guadalcanal. The Marines of Company K endured horrific combat as waves of Japanese troops attempted to breach their lines.
Firing line of 1st Division U.S. Marines engages the Japanese defenses in the broken ground southeast of the Machinato airfield - Battle of Okinawa, May 1945. (From the Division of Public Information, USMC)
Marines A. Duncan and Al Perry, from the Marine Division, pose for a photograph after ten days of fighting on Iwo Jima. Note Duncan (left) carrying the BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) squad automatic weapon back then, and Perry.