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Tom Godwin
Aerial photos
Tue Feb 20, 2018 13:50


Thank you for the photo. #31 and others have two sand-covered bunkers in front of the middle set of revetments going toward Red 1 so that could be a clue. I got wind of these aerials from a 1989 copy of Leatherneck where a CIA photo specialist wrote an article. Looked through NARA but they ended up being at Quantico. Got a researcher to get me the ones that had revetments as PFC Lonnie Yancey told me in 1999 that this is where he and my dad were. Also, got the bomber revetments which was OK by me. They have over 100 of them but I only got 24 or so. Process requires an appt through the Marine Corps as I understood it.

Per your and George's request, here is the link. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have and wish now that I would have gone for all of them.

  • Japanese hospitalDurk Steed, Mon Feb 19 07:29
    Tom, perhaps this Marine on Tarawa posing beside a Japanese surgical kit will be of help. Where did you get the... more
    • Aerial photos — Tom Godwin, Tue Feb 20 13:50
      • Re: Aerial photosWendell Perkins, Wed Feb 21 12:02
        Tom, would you please resend the link of the aerial photos to me. I fouled up several of them before I figured out how to open them. Some of them give great clarity of where my Company, A-1-6, landed ... more
        • A-1-6 landingGeorge E Proulx, Fri Feb 23 12:42
          Hi Wendell, I have pasted here one of the pics to which I have added an arrow showing where Maj. Jones and 1-6 landed on Green Beach. I added another arrow showing the large sand covered concrete... more
        • Re: Aerial PhotosTom Godwin, Wed Feb 21 12:55
          Wendell, Sent you an e-mail sir. If you did not get it or cannot get at the pictures, please let me know. As I recall, I think the 1/6 moved east down the south beach at Tarawa on D+2. You would have ... more
      • Researcher's bonanzaDurk Steed, Tue Feb 20 21:47
        Tom, I can only imagine how meaningful it is to research your father's movements on Tarawa, and I'm sure each new piece of information adds to the respect your have for the Marine's accomplishment in ... more
        • Re: Researcher's bonanzaTom Godwin, Wed Feb 21 09:49
          Yes, it has been an obsession. Lonnie had stated the whole group went into a 16-in shell crater including the amtrac after it was apparently disabled by a grenade thrown into the engine compartment.... more
        • Photo #105hockstedler, Tue Feb 20 23:56
          All these photos are absolutely amazing. I downloaded each one to have on my PC. Picture #105 is truly a treasure. If you look at the beach area just onshore about 200 feet you can see a large... more
          • photo #105Tom Godwin, Wed Feb 21 09:58
            You are welcome. I hope to see more as well. Battle ended on the 23rd and this is dated from the 24th. Interesting to note they were at 500' and that they used GCT 0150 as the time. Had not heard of... more
    • Re: Japanese hospitalGeorge E Proulx, Mon Feb 19 21:04
      I too would love to see the other high res aerial photos taken during that flight. Zoomed in - I can clearly see the wrecked enemy planes in the ocean side revetments. At the very top of the pic can... more
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