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Backdrop for Heroism
Photograph by Ira Block

Occupied by the Japanese, the Solomon Islands became the scene of some of the most intense fighting of World War II. After PT 109 was rammed, the boat split in two. Kennedy and his surviving crew clung to the drifting bow section, then swam to tiny Plum Pudding Island (later Kennedy Island). Because the isle lacked food, Kennedy and his men swam to nearby Olasana Island, where they were eventually rescued by PT 157, which arrived under cover of night early on August 8, 1943. Kennedy and Olasana islands lie in a now-tranquil section of the Solomons, shown in this aerial photograph.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 28-70mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
Special Equipment: Polarizing filter

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