Secondary batteries of an American cruiser formed this pattern of smoke rings as guns from the warship blasted at the Japanese on Makin Island in the Gilberts before U.S. forces invaded the atoll on November 20, 1943.

Secondary batteries of an American cruiser formed this pattern of smoke rings as guns from the warship blasted at the Japanese on Makin Island in the Gilberts before U.S. forces invaded the atoll on November 20, 1943.

USS Toledo (CA-133)  Eight-inch shells and powder charges on a barge alongside the starboard quarter, as Toledo replenished her ammunition supply in Sasebo Harbor, Japan, after combat operations off Korea, circa July-October 1950. Crewmen are carrying the powder cans into position to be hoisted aboard the cruiser.  This photo was received by the Naval Photographic Center on 12 October 1950.

USS Toledo (CA-133) Eight-inch shells and powder charges on a barge alongside the starboard quarter, as Toledo replenished her ammunition supply in Sasebo Harbor, Japan, after combat operations off Korea, circa July-October 1950. Crewmen are carrying the powder cans into position to be hoisted aboard the cruiser. This photo was received by the Naval Photographic Center on 12 October 1950.

Pacific Theater, the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, 3 March 1943: A dramatic aerial view of a Japanese destroyer as an American plane sweeps over the vessel on a bomb run. By 1943, the Japanese were unable to replace losses at sea at the needed speed. The Japanese fleet thus deteriorated to a skeleton force by the time of US was poised for the final attack.

Pacific Theater, the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, 3 March 1943: A dramatic aerial view of a Japanese destroyer as an American plane sweeps over the vessel on a bomb run. By 1943, the Japanese were unable to replace losses at sea at the needed speed. The Japanese fleet thus deteriorated to a skeleton force by the time of US was poised for the final attack.

British sailors with quad-machine guns (0.5 Vickers Mk. III) on a ship. The Mark III was a naval version used as an anti-aircraft weapon, mostly by the Royal Navy and allied navies in World War II, typically in mountings of 4 guns.

British sailors with quad-machine guns (0.5 Vickers Mk. III) on a ship. The Mark III was a naval version used as an anti-aircraft weapon, mostly by the Royal Navy and allied navies in World War II, typically in mountings of 4 guns.

Destroyer Buck, Battleship Wisconsin  BB-64, heavy Cruiser St.Paul off Korea, 22 Feb. 1952

[Photo] US Navy destroyer Buck, battleship Wisconsin, and heavy cruiser Saint Paul off Korea, 22 Feb 1952, photo 2 of 2

Destroyer Buck, Battleship Wisconsin BB-64, heavy Cruiser St.Paul off Korea, 22 Feb. 1952

U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat fighters of fighter squadron VF-5, Carrier Air Group Five (CVG-5), are readied for a strike against Marcus Island aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) on 31 August 1943. The "00" identifies this aircraft as the Hellcat of the Air Group Commander (CAG) of CVG-5, LtCdr. Jimmy Flatley. The F6F is painted in the new tricolor-scheme (certainly an "in the field" application). An Aviation Boatswain Mate stands ready to remove the chock from the wheels

U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat fighters of fighter squadron VF-5, Carrier Air Group Five (CVG-5), are readied for a strike against Marcus Island aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) on 31 August 1943. The "00" identifies this aircraft as the Hellcat of the Air Group Commander (CAG) of CVG-5, LtCdr. Jimmy Flatley. The F6F is painted in the new tricolor-scheme (certainly an "in the field" application). An Aviation Boatswain Mate stands ready to remove the chock from the wheels

#NHHC CA-36 USS Minneapolis Diary Oiler | Photographed from USS Cowpens (CVL-25) :: USS Cimarron (AO-22) sailed to San Pedro, California to reload 12 December to 4 January 1944. Clearing Pearl Harbor 13 January 1944, she supported the Marshall Islands @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Cimarron_(AO-22)

#NHHC CA-36 USS Minneapolis Diary Oiler | Photographed from USS Cowpens (CVL-25) :: USS Cimarron (AO-22) sailed to San Pedro, California to reload 12 December to 4 January 1944. Clearing Pearl Harbor 13 January 1944, she supported the Marshall Islands @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Cimarron_(AO-22)

USS South Dakota (BB-57) steaming near USS Cowpens (CVL-25) as part of Task Group 58.3, during raids on the Marshall Islands, circa. January 1944. Note Cowpens’ flight deck barriers in the foreground and men at her port side 20 mm and 40 mm guns.

USS South Dakota (BB-57) steaming near USS Cowpens (CVL-25) as part of Task Group 58.3, during raids on the Marshall Islands, circa. January 1944. Note Cowpens’ flight deck barriers in the foreground and men at her port side 20 mm and 40 mm guns.

Taken from USS Hornet (CV-12) on 14 May 1945 - Jap plane exploding after being struck by gun fire of Task Group 58-1; USS Bennington (CV-20) in foreground.

Taken from USS Hornet (CV-12) on 14 May 1945 - Jap plane exploding after being struck by gun fire of Task Group 58-1; USS Bennington (CV-20) in foreground.

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