Flags flies over PT boat. In sea warfare since Pearl Harbor, the Navy tinset PT boats have frequently proved to be a deadly match for warships, submarines and merchant men. Their hulls are thin and their sides are small but their offensive and defensive armament is varied and effective. It consists of fifty caliber anti-aircraft machine guns, torpedoes and depth charges. These training pictures were taken at the United States Navy Motor torpedoed boat training center, Melville, Rhode Island. In their training, the tiny PT boat is learning to be constantly on the alert. In the background a crew member sighted the 50-caliber anti-aircraft machine gun while the officer in the foreground scans the sky for planes
Crew members of the USS Arkansas (BB-33) have a message for their C.O., while stationed off of Normandy, 1944.
USS Arkansas (BB-33) was a dreadnought battleship, the second member of the Wyoming class, built by the United States Navy. She was the third ship of the US Navy named in honor of the 25th state, and was built by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation.
Following the outbreak of WWII, Arkansas conducted Neutrality Patrols in the Atlantic prior to America’s entry into the war. Thereafter, she escorted convoys to Europe through 1944; in June, she supported the invasion of Normandy, and in August she provided gunfire support to the invasion of southern France. In 1945, she transferred to the Pacific, and bombarded Japanese positions during the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the end of the war, she ferried troops back to the United States as part of Operation Magic Carpet.
LIFE Magazine dated APR 24, 1944