Saturday, October 27, 2012

USS Bunker Hill

On May 11, 1945, aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill was hit by two Japanese Kamikaze planes striking thirty seconds apart.

346 Americans died as a result of the Kamikaze attacks, 43 went missing and 264 were injured.

Miraculously, the carrier remained afloat, but was no longer of use for the remainder of the war.

This photograph, one of the most famous and most dramatic taken during the war in the Pacific, has always amazed me. What kind of person would give thought to taking photographs amidst carnage while hundreds of men were in peril and in need of immediate assistance?

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