Posted 5 years ago
Great WWII photo. Measures 8 X 10. Back of photo reads as follows:
From: Public Relations Division
U.S. Coast Guard
Credit Line Must Read: "OFFICIAL COAST GUARD PHOTO"
FIRST AID STATION ON FRAGIL ISLAND
Blood plasma is administered to save the lives of Marines on the beach of Fragil Island, Eniwetok Atoll. Later the wounded Americans were removed by Coast Guardsmen in landing barges to a Coast Guard-manned assault transport anchored off shore***
This great photo speaks volumes. The young thin Marines, the M-1 Carbines, the concern over a Marine surrounded by other Marines & Corpsmen, as Marines in the back ground look on. The wounded marine in the foreground with an abdominal wound. The helmets with camo covers, some with just nets, some with camo covers and nets, and one Coast Guardsmen or Corpsman crouched at the foot of the other wounded marine in the back ground with what appears to be a large red X painted over the entire helmet.
A moment captured in time. A piece of history forgotten by many, just a brief second in what must have been Hell on earth for these brave men....