Yeoman 2nd Class Fred Rucker was wearing this helmet when he died aboard LST 167 during the invasion of Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands in September 1943. The ship was attached by three Japanese dive bombers. One of them put two bombs into the ship and Ruckert and seven others were killed. The marking “3”50” on the helmet indicates Ruckert's battle station – the 3-inch, 50-caliber main deck gun. The helmet is displayed in the Pacific gallery of The National WWII Museum.
80-G-304853: Battle for Iwo Jima, February-March 1945. This General Sherman tank on Iwo Jima was wrecked by a land mine and hit five times by Japanese artillery fire, but is Fourth Marine Division crew escaped without casualty. In turret, Sergeant James W. Reeses. Under the gun, left to right: Corporal Lynn S. Evans and Private First Class Lloyd F. Spickate. Charles H. Saulman is examining the damaged tread. Photographed released, February 26 1945. U.S. Navy Photograph.
A Marine flame throwing tank, also known as a "Ronson", scorches a Japanese strongpoint. The eight Shermans equipped with the Navy Mark 1 flame-thrower proved to be the most valuable weapons systems on Iwo Jima.
Across the litter on Iwo Jima’s black sands, Marines of the Division shell Jap positions cleverly concealed back from the beaches. Here, a gun pumps a stream of shells into Jap positions inland on the tiny volcanic island.