Combat Photography Redefined:|
Nine Pinups by Don Hunt
This series of nine amateur photographs, taken during the visit of a troupe of USO entertainers somewhere in the Pacific, is ear-marked by classic pin-up poses of some very beautiful young ladies who visited the combat areas to help boost the
morale (and blood pressure, if these photos are any indication) of our fighting
men during WW II. These photographs were taken by former Marine Combat Photographer Donald Hunt, who enlisted in the USMC on 26 January 1942. After boot camp, he saw combat with the First Marine Raider Division, aka "Edson's Raiders," for 19 months. Initially assigned as a sniper and then later as a Combat Photographer, he fought at Tulagi, Gavautu, Tanambogo, Florida, and Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands campaign. After rotation back to the states, Hunt was discharged on 26 January 1946. These photographs are all originals from the WW II period. Whether a sniper or a shutterbug, it appears that Hunt's talent was definitely shooting!