Vintage Immodesty: Naked Gunner

 

This young man displayed such heroism that Mandesty is willing to forgive his Classic Immodesty. From Rare Historical Photos:

This young crewman of a US Navy “Dumbo” PBY rescue mission has just jumped into the water of Rabaul Harbor to rescue a badly burned Marine pilot who was shot down while bombing the Japanese-held fortress of Rabaul. Since Japanese coastal defense guns were firing at the plane while it was in the water during take-off, this brave young man, after rescuing the pilot, manned his position as machine gunner without taking time to put on his clothes. A hero photographed right after he’d completed his heroic act. Naked.

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I bet you didn’t notice the enemy in this photo. Image taken by Horace Bristol, 1944

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