Sunday, March 14, 2010


I can't say that I've watched an episode of Band of Brothers, but I am very excited about tonight's premiere of HBO's The Pacific, which follows three Marines across the Pacific during WWII.

I was stationed in Iwakuni, Japan from 1995-1999 and had the opportunity of visiting Okinawa, Guam and various other locations around the Pacific Theater. It was during this time, I began to absorb a lot of the history that was made during the multitude of campaigns Marines were involved with.

With over fifteen years of active Marine Corps service under my belt as well as being a big fan of 1930's - 1950's vintage, I've developed somewhat of a keen eye with regard to period Marine Corps uniforms and equipment - Naturally, I'll be mindful of wardrobe accuracy.

Here are just a few of my favorite images of this part of the war.


Navajo Code Talker were Native Americans who served in the United States Marine Corps whose primary job was the transmission of secret tactical messages. Code talkers transmitted these messages over military telephone or radio communications nets using formal or informally developed codes built upon their native languages.

First flag on Guam - August 1944

Mount Surabachi prior to its capture

Mount Surabachi Flag Raising - February 23, 1945. It depicts five United States Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi.  This photograph ultimately came to be regarded as one of the most significant and recognizable images of the war.

Marine fishing on Iwo Jima

Flame Thrower - The invention of the flamethrower suggests that someone thought, "You know, I'd really like to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just too lazy to walk."

M1 Carbine - 1944

M1 Garand - 1943

Another popular photo amongst Marines "Marine Charges" - Okinawa


  1. Hi! I found your blog from MaryDeluxe, and have to say you and your wife are such a cute couple, and her decorating is awesome! That's the way I wish mine looked and trying for! I am working on updating my decorating all 50s (atomic, tropical asian etc) but haven't updated my blog since I started, need to flickr too.

    Hubby and I bought the Band of Brothers dvd's after seeing it so many times on the history channel, it was worth it, we love that series and can watch it over and over. I am looking forward to seeing the Pacific too when it comes out (we don't have hbo)

    Have you seen any of the old war movies like Sands of Iwo Jima etc. lots of good ones.

    M1 Garand, Hubby thinks that's one of the best rifles made!

    And thanks for being a marine and serving for those of us that can't! :O)

  2. The first episode was so great last night! Can't wait until next weeks.

  3. Hi Erin! Thank you for the kind words. I have to agree that Jillian definitely has the eye for decorating. She's always rotating pieces when she finds something new in order to avoid clutter - she likes to keep it simple. I just dug out a bunch more photo's of our last house and will be posting those soon.

    I've heard only good things about Band of Brothers and one of my Sergeant's even loaned me the series on DVD. I brought it home, it sat for a few months and I returned it. I just never got around to it. Don't want to reveal details about last nights first episode, but it didn't do anything for me. Perhaps because it's the first one and pretty much an introduction to the characters, etc. I imagine it'll progress from here on out.

    I'm an old movie buff and have watched a lot of the old war movies. I agree, the M1 Garand is definitely up there, but I took the M4 Carbine with me to combat last year and that thing is a beaut. Thanks for you support - I do what I can.

  4. Rivet Head,

    I, too, can't wait 'til next weeks episode. I say last nights episode didn't do anything for me because I'm being over-critical, what with my gained knowledge of Marines and our wars over the years. We Marines are taught to learn our history and heritage, so when a movie or show comes out about us, we can't help but pick at its inaccuracies. For instance, "Chesty" Puller is a legend in the Marine Corps with five Navy Crosses, but when they first showed him at the beginning, you didn't know it was him and it wasn't until the end when 1st Battalion, 7th Marines was marching through and they said his name that we find out who he is. See, like I said - I'm being too critical and I'm very excited about the show :)

  5. I felt the same way- with all the hype I guess I was expecting more. But it can only get better in the next couple of weeks as the intensity of the war picks up. And I love the tie-ins to the home front.

  6. Ignorance is bliss! Same way I thought about "Walk The Line"...that and the acting was pretty cheesy.

  7. Can you tell me more about the photo with the Marine fishing?