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    Posted: 12 Mar. 2021 at 9:01am
I am the current caretaker of a collection of over 300 photos that were taken by Chief Photographer's Mate Paul Madden, while onboard USS Essex during the war. I'd forgotten there were jeeps among them! So here they are!



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Amazing! Any idea where the last photo was taken? Looks like they built an airfield.
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That is at the Ketena Airstrip on Okinawa. Here is the story that goes with that picture, taken from the "Battle Report":

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I’m always impressed with how sharp and clear the old black and white photos are. 
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Good Afternoon Everyone:

If you are interested in a really great read on the battle of Okinawa, it is With The Old Breed by E.B. Sledge, aka Sledgehammer.  Sledge was a crew member on a mortor crew in Company K, 3 Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.  It is his memoir of his experiences as a ground pounder on Peleliu and Okinawa.  He details the ferocity of taking those ridges on both islands.

The Book in part was also the basis of the HBO Hanks/Speilberg miniseries The Pacific.

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Thanks for the book leads.
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As to photo film, I liked shooting B@W. Some people hate the format. My camera collection runs from a Kodak  bellows to 3 digital. 
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Good Afternoon Uncamoney:

Where do you get your film?

I have a Graflex K-20, WWII aerial reconnaissance camera.  It was a hand held camera that could be mounted in a belly mount of an L-5 Stinson light aircraft.  It uses the large format 4 x 5  film.  The problem I have had is finding a source for the film.  Any Ideas?

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What size of film? I think my old Kodak bellows could be fun to find film for  Moms old Brownie is K124. My old Argus C3 is regular 35mm as is my Canon TX. I needed a totally manual camera for my geology close ups. Soup can lens extender, works great.
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Originally posted by WillysWally WillysWally wrote:

Good Afternoon Uncamoney:

Where do you get your film?

I have a Graflex K-20, WWII aerial reconnaissance camera.  It was a hand held camera that could be mounted in a belly mount of an L-5 Stinson light aircraft.  It uses the large format 4 x 5  film.  The problem I have had is finding a source for the film.  Any Ideas?

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As easy as Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Kodak-137-1517-Professional-Negative/dp/B00009XW1G
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that first photo is incredible. those guys were just kids.

Chief Photographer's Mate Paul Madden was obviously a talented and capable photographer.

hats off to all the WWII vets.
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B&H Photo on line will carry almost every currently available film stock. I still have a freezer full of it I need to use.
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Originally posted by bight bight wrote:

that first photo is incredible. those guys were just kids.
hats off to all the WWII vets.

I had coffee with one of those kids today. He was 20 years old when he was on Luzon. He recently celebrated his 97th birthday. 
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More importantly, Brave (as were most of that greatest generation)!
He made many trips on combat missions in the planes! These show how close he came!



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And, just how close? On one of those air missions he almost "bought the farm"! A japanese round grazed him in the head! Good thing they kept all that rear armour! Yes, he received the Purple Heart.

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Originally posted by bight bight wrote:

that first photo is incredible. those guys were just kids.

<span style=": rgb248, 248, 252;">Chief Photographer's Mate Paul Madden was obviously a talented and capable photographer.</span>

hats off to all the WWII vets.


We have always sent our kids off to war. It wasn't just WWII. Soldiering is a young man's job. I look at pictures of the kids in my Army unit in Vietnam and reunion pictures of the same people fifty some-odd years later and wonder who all those old farts are...including myself! It doesn't seem like all that long ago in some respects and yet it was a lifetime ago.

General Hal Moore's book title kind of says it all; "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young".

Hats off to all veterans, whether they served in war or not. It takes someone to step up and serve to keep our country safe and free. Our children and our children's children will have to do this job or this country will not survive.

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my father in-law in '65, former keeper of 72586 who passed it on to me, who served two tours in Vietnam.


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Great pics and a great story! Thanks for sharing this. 

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