4.9.2004
ENLARGE THE PHOTO
Leathernecks Gear Up!

undated, uncredited photo

A squad of U.S. Marines gather ammo on an island in the Pacific. Note the fixed bayonets and grenade launchers on their M1 Garand rifles — these "Leathernecks" are ready for action! These Marines, who happen to be Negroes, have unusual camouflage paint and netting on their helmets. Also interesting is the jeep in the right background, which is fitted with a snorkel device that allows it to ford deep water without swamping the engine.

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