The following are photos from the Battle of Okinawa from the museum's collection. Narrow Escape (3 May 1945). Photographed at Guam, Army Nurse First Lieutenant Mary Jensen of San Diego, California, looks up through the hole in the concrete and steel deck of the Navy hospital ship Comfort, punctured when a Japanese suicide pilot dive-crashed into the ship off Okinawa with his bomb-laden plane. Nurse Jensen, who had stepped out of the main surgery supply room less than one minute before it was…
Belgian Girl Receives Purple Heart
Chief Machinist James L. Trammell, USN, Beaumont, Texas presents his own Purple Heart (which he earned when he suffered wounds from a German 88 millimeter shell near Geilenkirchen) to Rosa De Greief whose life he saved when he rescued her from her bomb wrecked home in which her mother and sister perished. March 29 1945
[Photo] Burial at sea aboard USS Hancock for those killed by Japanese special attack two days prior, off Okinawa, Japan, 9 Apr 1945
[Photo] Burial at sea aboard USS Hancock for those killed by Japanese special attack two days prior, off Okinawa, Japan, 9 Apr 1945 | World War II Database
These prisoners were photographed along the Bataan Death March in April of 1942. They have their hands tied behind their backs. The estimates of the number of deaths that occurred along the march vary quite a bit, but some 5,000 to 10,000 Filipino and 600 to 650 American prisoners of war died before they could reach Camp O'Donnell. Thousands more would die in poor conditions at the camp in the following weeks.