First black Marine Jim Rundles passes away at the age of 94 on March 13, 2014. Jim Rundles came into the Marine Corps at a time that all branches were segregated. He helped bring about the modern thought by Marines that all Marines are just a shade of green. This man survived Montford Point and World War II.
[Photo] Armored reconnaissance jeep of US 82nd Airborne Division, Ardennes Forest, Belgium, Dec 1944
Armored reconnaissance jeep of US 82nd Airborne Division, Ardennes Forest, Belgium, Dec 1944. The armor was a quick "aftermarket" job to offer rudimentary protection to driver and passenger and to the front of the engine compartment. The armor could defeat up to rifle rounds but was rather thin when it came to machine gun fire and shrapnel.
Many Americans know the 'code talkers' from WWII to be Navajo , but the original code talkers were actually from the Choctaw tribe. Nineteen men, during WWI, helped turned the tide of the war. When they decided to implement the program again for WWII, the Navajo tribe was much larger and was able to provide more code talkers
Wounded Marines are helped by corpsmen to the aid station on the beach of Iwo Jima. Note the plastered Jeep and the sunken tank with its Browning .50 cal heavy machine gun pointing to the sky. Feb 1945.
During the Battle of the Bulge, GIs of the 413th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division "Timberwolf Division", resting on the rails after combat in Düren, town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. 21 December 1944.