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Marines in Action

 

Grapes of Wrath
Kerr Eby #34
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbot Laboratories
88-159-DR


I make no apology for drawings such as this. The official designation of my job was activities of the Marines and dying terribly and magnificently is one of those activities. This is the inside of an amphibious tractor that was hit by a Japanese mortar on the beach of Tarawa.

 

Small Mortar Loading
Kerr Eby #37
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbot Laboratories
88-159-DU



Partially protected by a log-topped foxhole in the New Britain jungle, Marines load a small mortar while a comrade gets instructions by telephone during the battle for Cape Gloucester.

 

Small Mortar Crew
Kerr Eby #36
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbot Laboratories
88-159-DT


Smoke wiggles up from the mouth of a small mortar after discharge of a shell by a Marine gun crew from a log-topped foxhole on New Britain during the battle for Cape Gloucester. Though stripped to the waist in the heat, the Marines religiously cling to their helmets the thin shield that often means the difference between death and only a headache.

 

Ghost Trail
Kerr Eby #42
Charcoal and pastel, 1944
Gift of Abbot Laboratories
88-159-DZ

Specter-like in the dark gloom of the Bougainville jungle, Marine riflemen slog up to the front lines during the bitter campaign for the tropic stronghold.

 

Marksman
Kerr Eby #19
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbot Laboratories
88-159-DC

 

Blending into the sinuous wall of foliage which makes up the battlefields on Cape Gloucester, a Marine scans the trail ahead with unblinking falcon's glare his deadly rifle ready for instant action. Skill in shooting, perhaps developed on an American prairie or woodland, enables this chosen watchman of a New Britain pathway to spot and slay Japanese snipers lurking in the bush.

 

Jungle Fighter
Kerr Eby #38
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbot Laboratories
88-159-DV



Unshaven and tired, clad only in his shorts and helmet, rifle slung over his shoulder for use against possible Japanese snipers, a Marine rifleman trudges along a path against the jungle background of a Pacific battlefield.

 

Night Work
Kerr Eby #21
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbot Laboratories
88-159-DE

Marine 155 rifle "throwing them over" at night. The target is a concentration of Japanese on Bougainville.

 

A Message From the Marines
Kerr Eby #29
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbot Laboratories
88-159-DM

A bomb, and hopes for its good use, being loaded.

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01 August 2001