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Pictures from the Pacific-

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Fish Miner, Nov 18, 2010.

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  1. Fish Miner

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    Lots of interesting firearms details.
     
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    Thanks for sharing, these pictures really capture so much emotion and tension.
     
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    Amazing pictures! History comes alive in the photos.
     
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    Amazing photos!
    One interesting thing that I noticed was that picture 49 was supposedly taken in 1944 yet the marines are still carrying 1903's.
     
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    Some units may still have been using the 1903. I know the Aussies used the No1 MkIII all the way through the war, even after the Brits adopted the No4.
     
  7. Roadkill

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    Many vets didn't like the Garand and stayed with the 1903/03A3. This was not the age of semiautos and a bolt action against other bolt actions would not necessarily be undergunned. The soldiers were raised with bolt actions, hunted with them, trained on them, and were by all standards excellent shots. General Chesty Puller did not want the Marines to be armed with the Garand initially because of the tendency to waste ammo. This was the time of a basic combat load being 80 rounds.
     
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    The M1903 Springfield was used by US forces into the Vietnam war.
     
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    To hell with the weapons in these photos. You, gentlemen, are looking at what is the "Greatest Generation". Let us not forget that...!!
     
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    I have seen that site before, the picture collection is quite impressive!
     
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    Nice pics, with a lot of history.

    Pic #18: ".75 millimeters, really?"
     
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    Truly amazing photos, thanks.

    Am I alone in this, or did anyone else notice that in all of these pictures, you can't find a single man who looked overweight? Did boot camp do that, or are we getting soft nowadays?
     
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    Fat people don't do well in war. Being a bigger, slower target is not conducive to a long, healthy life.

    And no, coming out of the Great Depression in the 1940s, I am sure America wasn't dealing with it's current "obesity epidemic."
     
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    Hello all,
    The people of the 30's-50's didn't sit around all day playing video games, the children didn't have a soccer taxi, and walked almost everywhere they went.:neener:

    I have a book on my bookshelf that claims that todays food is designed to make you fat, along with todays sedentary lifestile.

    And so much 'entertainment' :barf: on the boob toob that teaches people to hate guns and let somebody else do their thinking for them:banghead: it no wonder people are fat.
     
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    Thank you for posting these pics, some truly amazing photos! Several of the Pearl Harbor pics really bring back some memories. While coming back to the states from ' The Nam', I gotten my forearm broken, was at Tripler Army Hosp., then released to Ford Island in a medical holding company for a 6 month stay. Didn't really take in the "feel" of the Island until the filming of the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora" was shot while I was stationed there. Now, having seen that movie many times, every aspect and scene brings tears to my eyes. The flag raising at "colors", I'd helped perform that many times on the same flag pole, our liberty launch left and returned at the same dock the officers launch in the movie arrived at, when the enemy plane dropped the bomb at the end of the street and blew up that bldg., that bldg. was our post office , and when the officers ran inside the bldg. to report they were being attacked, that was our chow hall.

    So many moving photo's shown here, thank you for sharing such tragic memories with us, although I'd seen these photo's before, a pleasure to see again. Aloha Nui Loa:)
     
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    I was told that #5 was caused by US anti-aircraft warheads falling at the end of their range. Holes in car look pretty round for shrapnel.
     
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    Correct - most if not all civilian casualties around the Pearl Harbor area were caused by US rounds. The fuses on US AA rounds early in the war were often-times defective. This wasn't corrected until later. Also, some of the ships still had AA training rounds in their ready magazines at the time of the attack. Unfortunately, a lot of those shells fell back to earth and caused casualties in nearby civilian areas. I've got to think there just had to be a number of casualties in and around the harbor due to machine gun fire from one ship to another or ship-to-shore when men were firing at low-flying aircraft.
     
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    Absolutely amazing photos. Many are new to me.

    It never ceases to amaze me the absolute hell our soldiers had to go through to win the war in the Pacific (in Europe too for that matter).

    God Bless them all for their service.
     
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    Pacific pictures

    Thank you so very much for posting.
    God bless 'em all!
     
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    That brought back a lot of memories of visiting some of those battle fields. I lived on Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands and to this day they still find a skeleton every now and then. There is also unexploded ordnance being found all the time and shrapnel is all over the reef. many Japanese buildings still stand also and are full of holes from the pounding they took. One bunker has a hole blown in 3 foot thick steel reinforced concrete and the huge pick up sized chunck that came out is on the other side of the room.

    That Corregidor picture was very interesting to me also. The whole island now is for catering to tourists making a day trip for a guided tour of the island. There's a hotel there also that me and my wife stayed in for the weekend. We ended up being the only guests in the hotel and the entire island staff was there just to cater to us. We felt like we owned the place. Its a far cry from what it use to be and those men surrendering to the Japanese had it easy compared to what came next. A lot would die on the Bataan death march. When the Americans retook Corregidor the Japanese blew themselves up in the Malinta Tunnel rather than surrender. The tour there is a must see if you get to the Phillipines.
     
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    Can You imagine the Clowns We have in Washington now trying to run that War?
     
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    That's a scary thought.

    It's amazing to see these pictures and know that I have my circa 1945 Garand sitting in my gun case. It didn't see 'action', but man...knowing one of those guys carried it gives me chills.
     
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    Just wow. Incredible men and women - what a world they made.
     
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    amazing photos just amazing
     
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