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The Combat Photographers Collection consists of official Marine Corps photographs taken by various combat photographers in the locations of Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Peleliu, the Marshall Islands, Guam, Tinian, Saipan, New Britain, and Nagasaki. These photographs were collected by Norm Hatch and donated to the museum by Hatch. The photographs depict various battles and scenes throughout the Pacific. 

 

Norm Hatch (1921-2017) enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1939, where he joined a photographic unit and served as a combat photographer in the Pacific. Hatch was present during the battles of Tarawa and Iwo Jima. Hatch is well known for shooting the footage in the Academy Award winning short documentary, “With the Marines at Tarawa” (1944). Hatch left the Marine Corps in 1946.

 

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Diamond, C. (2017, April 25). Norm Hatch, WWII Marine combat cameraman, dies at 96. Marine Corps Times.

 
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